What do diabetes and arthritis have in common?
Diabetes and arthritis are linked in more ways than one. Type I diabetes and RA are both autoimmune disorders. Certain inflammatory markers of rheumatoid arthritis are also elevated in Type 1 diabetes patients and certain anti-inflammatory drugs for RA may also help diabetes. Type II diabetes and OA are both affected by being overweight or obese. The increased weight puts more stress on joints and organs and the pancreas creates more insulin to deal with the excess sugar. The good news is that losing just 5-10% of body weight can make a significant difference. Read more about the connections between these two diseases.