Experts Investigate Potential Diabetes Risk Linked With Commonly-Used Arthritis Medication

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( — February 23, 2017) Orlando, FL — Today, there are many medications used for conditions such as arthritis. Arthritis can be a painful and debilitating condition that impacts millions of people in the United States alone. While pharmaceutical drugs used for arthritis may be helpful, many of them carry along certain risks.

Experts investigate the potential diabetes risk linked with certain commonly-used arthritis medications. Steroids are widely prescribed to many individuals with rheumatoid arthritis. Unfortunately, the use of certain steroids may also be linked with the risk of diabetes. 

The journal called Arthritis and Rheumatology published a paper that investigated how diabetes risk increases according to the duration, dosage, and timing of steroids. The researchers assessed the records of over 20,000 individuals with rheumatoid arthritis in the United Kingdom.

They also compared the rates of new-onset diabetes in individuals who were prescribed with steroid therapy and those who did not receive the treatment. It was found that the use of the treatment was linked with one new case of diabetes for every 150 to 200 people every year.

The study was led by Dr. Will Dixon, Director of the Arthritis Research UK Centre for Epidemiology at The University of Manchester, and Honorary Consultant Rheumatologist at Salford Royal NHS Foundation Trust. According to Dr. Dixon, healthcare professionals who are treating arthritis sufferers need to decide on how to prescribe the steroid therapy, by weighing the benefits against the possible risks.

Many individuals who suffer from arthritis live with pain and immobility. This is why more and more people are turning to the use of pain medications and other pharmaceutical drugs.

There have been many who claimed that the use of certain pharmaceutical drugs helped them achieve pain relief. Nonsteroidal anti-inflammatory drugs (NSAIDs) are widely used for pain relief and improved mobility. However, it is important to remember that the use of these medications may be linked with side effects.

The risk of certain side effects, such as gastrointestinal bleeding, is believed to increase when the medication is used frequently or on a long-term basis. Due to the widespread scare in the use of certain pain medications, there are those who resort to the use of natural alternatives such as glucosamine.

“Glucosamine is a naturally-occurring substance in the body,” said Divine Bounty spokesperson, Melissa Scott.

It has a high potential to repair cartilage damage and may help to improve overall joint health. It also does not cause side effects, which is only one of the reasons why it is extremely popular nowadays, especially among athletes and individuals with arthritis.


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