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Arthritis a Double Whammy For Diabetics


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11/17/2008
Brent Adams
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Not only is arthritis more common among those who suffer from the disabling condition of diabetes, those who suffer from both conditions have a lower likelihood of getting the necessary exercise to control diabetes. 

According to a report by Julie Bolen, Ph.D., M.P.H., of the CDC, and colleagues, over half of diabetics surveyed had arthritis in comparison to 26.9 percent of the general population.

Bolen also reported that those who suffer from both conditions have a higher likelihood of inactivity than those with only diabetes.

The researchers assessed physical activity based on six questions about moderate and vigorous non-occupational exercise like riding a bicycle, gardening, running, or aerobics. The patients who reported a lack of participation in these activities were listed as physically inactive. The higher prevalence remained consistent across both genders and all age groups.



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