Ask the Diabetes Educator Archive

8/16/04

Q:
Can long standing and progressively worsening traumatically induced osteoarthritis contribute to the development of Diabetes Type II?

A:
If you have the genetic disposition for diabetes, any traumatic event can be a trigger. Sometimes, diabetes surfaces as a result of certain medications one is on, such as Prednisone. Less commonly, diabetes manifests as an autoimmune response; another "condition" can be a trigger here. It is most important for you to follow a more alkaline way of eating. This means lots of veggies and legumes in your eating plan, and staying well-hydrated. Guided vitamin/mineral supplementation can also be helpful, particularly if you have any level of nerve damage. Seeking out any activities that will allow you to lower your stress levels will manifest in better-controlled blood sugars.



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