Joint pain is quite common with increasing age, but are you experiencing joint pain with diabetes? Knee or joint pain is not unusual among people with diabetes. According to the Arthritis Foundation, there is a lot in common between diabetes and arthritis. Diabetes is a condition in which the human body doesn’t either produce enough insulin or use it accurately. Over time nerve damage caused due to diabetes can also affect the joints. This article will shed light on the connection between diabetes and joint pain.

Diabetes and Joint Pain: What’s the connection?

As mentioned earlier, diabetes is a condition in which either:

  • The body doesn’t produce insulin
  • Doesn’t produce enough insulin
  • Insulin isn’t being utilized properly

But can diabetes cause joint pain?

High blood glucose can cause several complications; it can damage the blood vessels nourishing the nerves. Long-term high blood sugar levels can cause significant damage to the nerves, a condition also known as diabetic neuropathy. This condition can also affect/damage the joints. Not only joint pain, diabetes’ link with OA has also been reported by some studies. It also shows that diabetes mellitus (DM) can play a role in worsening the symptoms and increasing the severity of OA.

All about Joint pain:

Joint pain is quite common among people with diabetes, however, also has various other causes. Some of the common causes of joint pain include the following:

  • Osteoarthritis
  • Rheumatoid arthritis
  • Injuries


Following are some of the changes you might feel in your joints:

  • Joint stiffness
  • Swelling
  • Redness
  • Reduced range of motion
  • Tenderness


Diabetes is closely linked to increased body weight, which also increases the risk of OA. As excess weight puts more pressure on the joints. Maintaining a healthy weight and practicing regular exercises can help reduce the risk of type 2 diabetes and OA.

When to seek medical attention?

Osteoarthritis is one of the most common types of arthritis (joint-related disease). And about half of adults with diabetes also have arthritis (Arthritis Foundation). Similarly, people with arthritis are at a higher risk of developing diabetes compared to people without this joint disease.

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