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Title: Impact of Diabetes on Back Pain and Spine Surgery

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Impact of Diabetes
Bodys inability to use or make insulin to
regulate the blood sugar levels results in
metabolic diseases called Diabetes. When there is
no insulin or body doesnt get to use insulin the
sugar levels in the body can go out of control,
overtime harming blood cells, vital organs,
nerves and blood vessels.This progressive
metabolic disease when not treated properly can
cause serious long term complications that
include kidney damage, heart diseases, and stroke
and nerve damage.
Diabetes Musculoskeletal System Arthritis 
  • Overtime inflammation caused by Diabetes
    can impact the musculoskeletal system comprised
    of muscles, joints, bones, tendons and ligaments
    causing joint pains, nerve damage causing
    musculoskeletal problems. The symptoms of these
    musculoskeletal problems can range from muscle
    and joint pain, swelling and decreased mobility
    in joints.
  • Diabetes also increases the risk of
    arthritis Diabetes type-1 which is auto-immune
    diseases can increase the chance of rheumatoid
    arthritis which propels the body to attack its
    bones, joints causing pain, swelling and
    deformities. Type-2 diabetes which is closely
    associated with unhealthy lifestyle and excess
    body weight also increases the risk
    of osteoarthritis owing to excess stress the
    weight puts on joint and bones in the lower body.
    In general, it is estimated that a diabetic is
    two times more likely to develop arthritis than a
    normal person in his life time.

Diabetes Back Pain Impact on Spine Surgery
  • According to research by Mayo Clinic, it is
    estimated that 27 of the diabetic patients
    suffer from some form of back pain as opposed to
    13 in the general population.
  • While high sugar levels and bad cholesterol
    levels associated with uncontrolled diabetes can
    trigger the tissue damage, poor blood circulation
    increases the cartilage inflammation of the
    discs. On top of this, due to narrowing of blood
    vessels in diabetes, discs may not receive proper
    nutrition leading to disc degeneration causing a
    slew of back problems. Muscle strength loss and
    medications associated with diabetes in general,
    obesity and unhealthy weight gain that is
    associated with type-2 diabetes can also play a
    role in lower back pain.

Diabetes Back Pain Impact on Spine Surgery
  • Having said that, the research is still not
    conclusive enough to pinpoint that causes of
    increased risk of back pain in diabetics.
    However, if you are diabetic who has been
    recommended spine surgery by a spine
    specialist to treat your back pain or any other
    spine condition you must keep in minds
    that diabetes does impact the spine surgery.
  • High blood sugar levels can increase the
    complications of deep vein thrombosis, silent
    heart attacks and a slew of other health problems
    that can manifest without any noticeable
    symptoms. Due to inherent problems of tissue
    healing, the pain relief can slow or less for
    diabetics undergoing spine surgery. In general
    post-surgical recovery can be longer and diabetic
    patients undergoing the spine surgery procedure
    need more hospital stay compared to the general

proper care of the patients 
  • However, by making necessary lifestyle
    changes (diet, exercise, stress reduction) and
    taking proper care of the patients after surgery
    can reduce the risk of complications and ensure
    successful surgical procedure for diabetics. If
    you are a diabetic patient looking for a spine
    specialist in UK treatment of back pain or any
    other spine condition, you can contact Children
    and Adult Spinal Surgeon, Mr Jwalant S.
    Mehta https//

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