Abnormal glucose tolerance does not influence knee, hip, or hand osteoarthritis

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glucose tolerance, arthritis, diabetes, arthritis digest magazineDiabetes and osteoarthritis are two common chronic conditions that people may have at the same time. So scientists have looked at how close the link between the two diseases is, particularly if abnormal glucose metabolism comes into play as a separate risk factor for knee, hip and hand osteoarthritis.

They referred to data from 40 studies, and report their findings in Seminars in Arthritis and Rheumatism, concluding that:

“There is little evidence to suggest that impaired glucose metabolism is a risk factor, independent of obesity, for knee osteoarthritis and no evidence that impaired glucose metabolism is an independent risk factor for hip or hand osteoarthritis.”

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