Arthritis can hamper diabetes care

NEWS IN BRIEF — Posted May 26, 2008

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More than half of adults with diabetes also have arthritis, which can prove a painful barrier to getting the exercise needed to manage their diabetes, says a study in the May 8 Morbidity and Mortality Weekly Report.

Nationwide, 46.6 million adults have arthritis, and 20.6 million have diabetes. Research shows that engaging in joint-friendly activities such as walking, swimming and biking can help manage both conditions.

But the study found that 29.8% of adults with arthritis and diabetes were inactive, compared with 21% of people with diabetes alone, 17.3% of those with arthritis alone and 10.9% of adults with neither condition. The study concludes that disease self-management classes, including exercise programs that address arthritis-specific barriers, may help adults with arthritis and diabetes better manage their disease.

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