I always wonder what is the reason for frequentshoulder discomfort and I didn’t connect the dots until this published article. Until know I always blame my excessive Gym activity
While heart disease, risk of stroke, blindness and amputations are the complications of diabetes that get the most attention, there are also a number of smaller, and often painful, complications diabetics need to look out for. Studies have shown that people with diabetes – either Type 1 or Type 2 – have a significantly higher risk of getting the “Frozen Shoulder,” which is also known as adhesive capsulitis, according to a recent New York Times article. Only 2%-5% of the general population develops this condition, but at least one in five diabetics will experience it and are much more likely to have severe cases. Older diabetics are most likely to develop the condition.
People with a frozen shoulder experience weeks of pain in the shoulder for no apparent reason. That is followed by months of stiffness in the shoulder, characterized by limited movement. The condition finally fades and the shoulder returns to normal.
The exact cause is unclear, but scientists say excess blood sugar building up in the shoulder may be to blame. In addition to maintaining healthy blood sugar levels, heating pads, anti-inflammatory medicine, and stretching may help people avoid the frozen shoulder or treat it once it develops.