Diabetes & Arthritis,

By jupton1 Latest Reply 2008-10-08 13:03:27 -0500
Started 2008-06-01 02:59:10 -0500

The CDC says that at least 50% of people with diabetes also have arthritis; that is in comparison to 27% of all adults. This is based on a the Behavioral Risk Factor Surveillance System (BRFSS), a nationwide, randomized telephone survey in which participants answered questions about their health.

According to the Arthritis Foundation Self-Help Program, gentle exercise that promotes flexibility, strength and cardiovascular benefits is important for people with arthritis, too. I was woundering how many people that have diabetes have problems exercising???? John

39 replies

2rs 2008-10-08 13:03:27 -0500 Report

2 years ago - type 2 diabetes
1 year ago - RA AND gout
one of my sisters suffers terribly from fibromyalgia.

2rs 2008-10-08 13:03:27 -0500 Report

2 years ago - type 2 diabetes
1 year ago - RA AND gout
one of my sisters suffers terribly from fibromyalgia.

Muffet 2008-10-06 08:39:23 -0500 Report

I also have fibromyalgia. I can't do water exercises as it made me so fatigued that I couldn't drive home. But I have finally found what works for me. I have a yoga master in my home town that works with yoga and pain management. She is one of the few in the midwest and it is the best thing that has happened to me since the fibromyalgia. I have been working 1:1 with her since January and I am "almost" ready to join the gentle yoga class. Yippee! I did join one of her senior classes that lasts only 6 weeks. The rest of the participants are 75 years+. They have better motion than me. That's a bummer, but then I realize that they haven't live my life and I have made great progress. I have been walking with a cane for 2 years and I think I will get my stability back and be able to give the cane away. I can't say enough about my yoga master working with me at my level to help me with flexibility and stability. It's been great.

Pauline B
Pauline B 2008-10-06 07:14:51 -0500 Report

I am 66 and do not consider myself old. I used to weigh 200#, but in the last 5 years, as part of a 10 year diabetic research program, lost 50#. I have arthritis in my wrists due to my career of working in institutional kitchens, and in one knee as the result of 2 serious falls. A knee replacement has been recommended but I am fearful that my hiking and zest will be curtailed. I told my husband that shortly he will have to cut my meat, and I'm afraid that this will be my last year of playing percussion in the band as it hurts too much to hold the assortment of noisemakers. The thought of not being able to make music, or enjoy nature first hand at the speeds I am accustomed keeps me motivated to maintain otherwise excellent diabetic control so at least I can still walk on 2 legs, attend the concerts, and read the programs.

dj7110 2008-10-06 05:36:40 -0500 Report

I have trouble with exercise. I have physical thereapy ocasionally, when my insurance pays for it. I'm currently in an electric wheelchair.. i get cortazone shots every 6 wks that help with the pain as well as strong medication for it. The pain always seems to raise my b/s as it has been up with the pain lately just had my inulin upped and hopeing it helps soon.. my fasting reading this morning was 274 and average readings 30 day 246, 14 day 260, 7 day 269. Currently on humalog 3 times a day and lantis at night. David

kooney 2008-10-06 04:38:58 -0500 Report

I have Arthritis in my knees and it hurts to get up and down I thought of getting knee replacements maybe this would help. it causeing my feet and ankles to swell and then it's hard for me to walk. do anyone have a sujestion. I am 63 and I love life going and being active. Arthritis hurts really bad. and makes you not want to move.

Bluebutterfly 2008-10-06 05:29:14 -0500 Report

I have arthritis in both knees . I can walk with a cane but not very far.I have bursitis in both shoulders. tendonitis in both elbows. I have degeneerative dis disease in my lower back and spinal stenosis inmy back. I am a total wreck,I also have neuropathy in both legs,feet and hands. I have had surgery on both wrist for carpal tunnel.

Lilybelle 2008-10-05 11:54:47 -0500 Report

I also have arthritis and the only trouble with exercising is finding the time to do so. I find too many reasons not to start.

2008-10-05 11:58:38 -0500 Report

Everyone with arthritis or other joint problems, exercise WILL make it better. I know it sounds like the opposite would be true but it's not. Look to your local YMCA or other health center with a pool and do water exercising. It is recommended for people with arthritis because the water doesn't cause problems with joints. You don't have to be an Olympic swimmer or even know how to swim to do water exercise. Check it out!!

Martina 2008-10-04 16:18:59 -0500 Report

I have Osteoarthritis, in my knees, back and Hands, i am getting more exercise now


wim 2008-10-05 10:21:52 -0500 Report

I have osteoarthritis in my feet, and it is almost unbearable. I use a power wheelchair to shop, etc. I have had the arthritis for a lot longer than I have been diabetic.

Lilybelle 2008-10-05 12:27:59 -0500 Report

I have osteoarthritis in my feet and just recently found out that I also have neuropothy and since I started taking Nortriptyline the pain in the feet is less severe. Please ask your Dr. if you can try it. I also had arthritis before I was diagnosed with diabetes. nortriptyline 25 mgs at bedtime.

Rita 2008-07-15 06:21:37 -0500 Report

I have Type 1, and i was diagnosed with Cartilage softening in both of my knee caps couple of months ago. The Dr. said it is nothing to do with my diabetes. In January it was so bad i wasn't able to walk, stand or just moving my leg was a terrible pain. It is a lot better now, but i have limited movement, can't do things i used to do. But i'm trying.

AngelaMoore 2008-06-19 05:08:47 -0500 Report

I know my grandfather has issues with his joints. He is in his mid-80s, so that is another issue in regards to diabetes in general. However, it did seem to get worse right after his diagnosis. I'll have to remember to ask my grandma when I'm down there on Saturday to see if there is anything else she can tell me about it.

WORI 2008-06-16 05:50:22 -0500 Report

Before I even knew I had diabetes I've had to apply for SSDI for arthritis. I don't think that the diabetes would have been so bad had I had help with getting medical attention for the arthritis in my knees. Just like our goverment that makes the poor get poorer it also will let the sick get sicker. I can't get finacial help for the arthrtis, so now I have diabetes, now I getting more overweight, now I'm starting to have problems with my hips, and now the stress from all of this is causing more problems than all the physical things happening. We all know that stress will kill us before and above all phyical illnesses. Having a possitive outlook helps all phyical illnesses. So I sit here waiting, slowly dieing, and who really gives a shit.

jupton1 2008-06-19 05:03:25 -0500 Report

I no how You feel,You cant give up.I learn all I can ,I even have a CSP.This is a person that helps me get all the treatment & benifits that is out there.Best of luck,Your worth it.John

ncnurse1459 2008-06-11 13:19:17 -0500 Report

So far, I have been diagnosed with both carpal tunnel syndrome in both hands and fibromyalgia. I was diagnosed with those problems in 2002, right after my diabetes diagnosis. I have been told that
I will be more likely to develop arthritis with these existing problems. Oh joy ! I already take Cymbalta and Lyrica both for diabetic neuropathy and fibromayalgia. As far exercise, I have always been told that exercise is best for fibromyalgia to help alleviate and/or decrease the pain. However, walking is about the ONLY exercise I can do without much pain. I do enjoy my swimming pool this time fo the year also and do water exercises in there every time I am in it. Those do seem to help.

Note: Cymbalta is used for both depression and diabetic neuropathies. I have been on it now for 2 months and it does seem to help me. I am taking 60 mg of it. I take 150 mg Lyrica twice daily.

JP - 14811
JP - 14811 2008-06-11 14:27:39 -0500 Report

Reading your message made me want to respond. I too was diagnosed with Fibromyalgia about 4 years ago. I could hardly walk at the time and went through 6 months of grueling physical therapy that helped 'sort of'. I have been doing water aerobics for 2 1/2 years and that helped 'sort of'. I just saw my rheumatologist and due to something I've been doing it is 'gone'!!! Yes gone, I have no pain, no pressure points, no headaches, no IBS, it's all gone. I don't get the fatigue days anymore where I used to sleep 20 out of 24 hours and could hardly walk. They called it a 'flare up'. I STOPPED INGESTING ASPARTAME and the pain and all the issues of Fibromyalgia are GONE! I am now able to enjoy exercise daily. I go to the YMCA and swim, work out on weights, and walk the treadmill and sometimes I have pain but it's the normal kind of pain that you get from exercise that's gone the next day. I know this leads us into another already discussed topic but please please think about what you are putting in your body. Natural, whole unprocessed food and drink is the best medicine there is.. next to laughter.. :)
Just my two cents

jupton1 2008-06-11 15:02:29 -0500 Report

I agree I did a post on ASPARTAME ,that stuff is poison..I have a pool I need to start usuing it…John

AngelaMoore 2008-06-19 05:07:18 -0500 Report

I have also cut way back on aspartame. Sometimes I'll suddenly discover that something I've been eating for years has aspartame in it. Since I've cut it out, I can almost always taste it right away and sure enough it's on the label. There is a lot of research out there about aspartame and I agree… it's dangerous stuff!

Lanore 2008-06-19 05:19:50 -0500 Report

Ok guys i have read the post on aspartame, goes this also include equal or splenda as well?? I use both and have alot of pain, which I might add the Dr can not tell me why I am having. Thanks. Lanore

Lanore 2008-06-19 09:45:41 -0500 Report

Thank you Angelamoore I will check it out. If this stuff is the cause of my pain I will stop using it. Lanore

GabbyPA 2008-06-19 12:50:39 -0500 Report

Wow Judy,
I knew ASPARTAME was bad, but I didn't think it was that bad. I try to consume more whole foods and natural foods, but I gotta have that bubbly soda too. Now I will be looking more closely. Once I went on a Diet Dr. Pepper craze and was consuming them like crazy. I started to feel really crummy and I stopped. I felt better the next day. Sad...the one thing for years that helped keep calories down is actually killing us. Why don't they remove it from the market? There are so many alternatives.

GabbyPA 2008-06-11 11:12:18 -0500 Report

I suppose if they looked even closer at that study they would find that many of us have diabetes because we have uncontrolled weight issues, which can also lead to arthritis. I am not saying that is how it is for everyone, but you will find a good many of us are self inflicted in both diseases. Prolonged excess weight and poor muscle tone gives ways to much of the degenration of our joints. I suffer in my knees and now my hips are starting to complain about stairs. My Doctor said if I lose weight it will cure many of my ills, and I know he is right. I do have it in my elbows too, from years at the drafting board. I feel better when I exercise in water, because it is less painful and helps me continue when I would have stopped doing some other type of exercise. I have a long way to go, but you guys really inspire me and help me want to do better...THANKS

LeighG 2008-06-11 07:02:44 -0500 Report


i have arthritis very bad in my left knee not sure if this is something i have had or if just came up the past year but it sucks.sometimes it is hard to go up and down stairs on so on.

jupton1 2008-06-11 09:27:09 -0500 Report

I have it in my legs,sometimes I give up on walking because it hurts me..John

LeighG 2008-06-11 15:55:31 -0500 Report

i hear yea there.it is so hard when i am at work and my knee acts up sometimes i just about fall to the ground it gets so bad.

Lanore 2008-06-11 05:05:10 -0500 Report

Hi! I have trouble walking as i have arthritis in my back, which makes it very hard to walk, but I still get out there and do it because it help keep my numbers down.

jupton1 2008-07-15 05:00:10 -0500 Report

I would recomend You to swim more.My legs hurt when I walk & my back.So swimming helped me..JU

Goddess 2008-06-11 04:38:50 -0500 Report

Has anyone heard of this new device that is supposed to help with arthritis? To me it looks like one of those shop vacs. In the ad for it it said that medicare would pay for it. I've been trying to find out about it but so far nothing. Can anybody help me?

Bluebutterfly 2008-10-06 05:19:51 -0500 Report

Hi Misery,
I have some information on what you are looking for.It is called AquaRelief System.I have a contact that might be helpful.Life Quality Pharmacy. Phone # 1-800-536-7707 ext 240. I spoke to Brandon Soblick and he is trying to get the prescription for me to get one . he says Medicare will pay for it.. I hope this helps you. Bluebutterfly

Ginetteb 2008-06-01 03:15:45 -0500 Report

I have trouble to exerise because I'm too fat.
I am old (66), so I have arthritis, not uncommon for old people, especially those, like me, who live most of their lives in a cold environment (I am Canadian and winters are (make that were), (I now live in Florida,) hard to deal with)
So in which category do I fit?

jupton1 2008-06-01 03:24:37 -0500 Report

I did read several clips about hot and cold climates,most Drs said this didnt have a effect on dibetes..I live in Ohio,Im only 41 but I still have Arthritis.Mine bothers me the same in the hot or cold weather..John

Bluebutterfly 2008-10-06 05:51:28 -0500 Report

I am to fat to exercise much myself. I have diabetes with arthritis also. I am doing water aroebic at the senior citizen center.