Osteoporosis and Diabetes Linked

Odd bedfellows, eh? Not so much!

Osteoporosis and diabetes are linked with the arrival of technology today. Executive Chiropractic of Iowa spots both of these diseases as Executive Chiropractic of Iowa cares for West Des Moines chiropractic back pain and neck pain patients. To see how they are affiliated is intiguing!
  • Osteoporosis - a problematic health issue because of higher risk of bone fracture and death in middle aged and the elderly
  • Diabetes - a troubling health issue due to its cumulative effect on its victims of all ages
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What are the different ways that diabetes can lead to osteoporosis? Well, as any West Des Moines diabetic realizes, diabetes affects an abundance of body organs from bone cells (osteoblasts and osteoclasts) to muscles to the eye’s retina to the nervous, endocrine and digestive systems. Geez! Fundamental for this conversation: diabetes decreases muscle strength through its throng of effects that increases fall risk that may lead to bone fractures. (1) What a cycle! A related cycle: having had a wrist fracture puts post-menopausal women at higher risk for future fractures to. 15.5% of post-menopausal women who experienced a wrist fracture had another non-wrist related fracture - hip, vertebrae, upper extremity, and lower extremity - later in life. (2) So Executive Chiropractic of Iowa encourages diabetic patients to keep diabetes under control as best as possible is a positive move for West Des Moines diabetics.

But how are they related and how does technology play into the equation? “Abdominal adiposity!” In common language, it’s a bit too much fat around the middle. This condition sets some West Des Moines folks up for special health challenges like cardiovascular diseases and diabetes type 2. It may even be considered a cause of these diseases. Interestingly, when dual-energy xray absorptiometry (DEXA scans) are used to identify those at risk for osteoporosis, a side finding is telling. DEXA scans’ ability to measure tissue thickness reveals that a greater spine-hip thickness difference is significantly associated with a greater chance of diabetes. This association is stronger in women than men. (3) So West Des Moines ladies, let’s take a closer look at your DEXA scan at your next West Des Moines chiropractic appointment!

Contact Executive Chiropractic of Iowa today. Chiropractic care and overall healthcare management are common bedfellows! West Des Moines chiropractic patients benefit hugely!


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