Research reveals the overwhelming connection between osteoarthritis and type 2 diabetes

Do you have osteoarthritis? In many individuals, osteoarthritis is just the tip of the iceberg of a much wider systemic problem called metabolic syndrome [MetS], the precursor to type 2 diabetes. If you have osteoarthritis your odds of also having [MetS] – and ultimately type 2 diabetes – are approximately 80 per cent. That’s what most research says.

In one research report from Russia, MetS was found in 82.3 per cent of those with osteoarthritis. In a second report from Russia, a higher than usual insulin response to sugar (hypersinsulinemia in medicalese) was found in 82.12 per cent of those with osteoarthritis, as well as high C-peptide (another reflection of high insulin) in 84.36 percent.

Another researcher reported: ‘Each of the five cardiovascular risk factors that comprise MetS [metabolic syndrome] was more prevalent in the OA [osteoarthritis] population versus the population without OA: hypertension (75 per cent vs 38 per cent), abdominal obesity (63 per cent vs 38 per cent), hyperglycaemia (30 per cent vs 13 per cent), elevated triglycerides (47 per cent vs 32 percent), and low high-density lipoprotein [HDL] cholesterol (44 per cent vs 38 per cent).’ 

Confirmed – OA is a metabolic disorder

Two other researchers wrote: ‘OA is not simply a disease related to aging or mechanical stress of joints but a ‘metabolic disorder’ in which various interrelated lipid, metabolic, and humoral mediators contribute to the initiation and progression of the disease process. OA has been linked not only to obesity but also to other cardiovascular risk factors, namely, diabetes, dyslipidemia, hypertension, and insulin resistance.’

Most recently the connection has been made in not-yet-published research done at Tahoma Clinic by John Sherman, N.D., David Zeoli, N.D., and me, funded by the Knowledge Medical Foundation. Fifty-eight individuals with osteoarthritis were tested with the definitive test for pre-diabetes, Dr. Joseph Kraft’s glucose tolerance insulin resistance test5. Of 58 tested, only 11 were normal (19 per cent), 44 had pre-diabetes 2 (75.9 per cent), and three had a very low insulin response (insulinopenia in medicalese), which is pre-diabetes 1. For further details about this test and about diabetes 2, see Dr. Kraft’s book The Diabetes Epidemic and You.

Osteoarthritis? Take the test!

If you have osteoarthritis, your chances of also having pre-diabetes 2 are incredibly high. Please make sure to check with a physician skilled and knowledgeable in natural medicine, and have Dr. Kraft’s glucose tolerance insulin resistance test done. It’s the most exact test there is, and can be done (with proper instructions) by any laboratory that can test glucose and insulin in blood levels.

Wishing you the best of health,

Dr. Jonathan V. Wright
Nutrition & Healing

Vol. 9, Issue 2 • February 2015

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