The list of complications from type 2 diabetes is long: vascular and heart disease, eye problems, nerve damage, kidney disease, hearing problems and Alzheimer’s disease. Physicians have long thought of osteoporosis as another outcome. Based on a Mayo Clinic study published in Journal of Bone and Mineral Research, that’s confirmed: You can definitely add skeletal problems to that list.
Mayo Clinic endocrinologist and senior author of the study Sundeep Khosla, M.D., says, “This is the first demonstration — using direct measurement of bone strength in the body — of compromised bone material in patients with type 2 diabetes. Clearly, the skeleton needs to be recognized as another important target of diabetes complications.”
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Journalists: B-roll of and sound bites with Dr. Khosla are available in the downloads.