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How does diabetes affect the tendons?

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If you have diabetes and you hurt when you move, it might be due to problems with your tendons. They're cord-like bands that connect your muscles to your bones. The high blood sugar levels that may go along with your disease play a role in stirring up your tendon trouble.

You have tendons all over your body, including in your shoulders, arms, wrists, hips, knees, and ankles. They transfer the force from your muscles to your bones so you can move.

If your diabetes isn't under control, your tendons can thicken and become more likely to tear.

SOURCES:

American Diabetes Association: "Blood glucose control and exercise," "Tight Diabetes Control."

American Journal of Sports Medicine : "The influence of diabetes mellitus on clinical and structural outcomes after arthroscopic rotator cuff repair."

British Journal of Sports Medicine: "Is there an association between tendinopathy and diabetes mellitus? A systematic review with meta-analysis."

Diabetic Medicine : "Alterations of tendons in patients with diabetes mellitus: A systematic review."

Insulin-Dependent Diabetes Trust: "Joint, Muscle and Bone Problems Associated with Diabetes."

Mayo Clinic: "Diabetes: Complications," "Frozen Shoulder."

Reeves, Christopher L. Tendon Repairs and Transfers for the Foot and Ankle.

Rheumatology : "Occurrence of tendon pathologies in metabolic disorders."

Spine: "Effects of epidural steroid injections on blood glucose levels in patients with diabetes mellitus."

Reviewed by Michael Dansinger on May 18, 2019

SOURCES:

American Diabetes Association: "Blood glucose control and exercise," "Tight Diabetes Control."

American Journal of Sports Medicine : "The influence of diabetes mellitus on clinical and structural outcomes after arthroscopic rotator cuff repair."

British Journal of Sports Medicine: "Is there an association between tendinopathy and diabetes mellitus? A systematic review with meta-analysis."

Diabetic Medicine : "Alterations of tendons in patients with diabetes mellitus: A systematic review."

Insulin-Dependent Diabetes Trust: "Joint, Muscle and Bone Problems Associated with Diabetes."

Mayo Clinic: "Diabetes: Complications," "Frozen Shoulder."

Reeves, Christopher L. Tendon Repairs and Transfers for the Foot and Ankle.

Rheumatology : "Occurrence of tendon pathologies in metabolic disorders."

Spine: "Effects of epidural steroid injections on blood glucose levels in patients with diabetes mellitus."

Reviewed by Michael Dansinger on May 18, 2019

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