The Link Between Rheumatic Diseases, Diabetes, and New Treatments

If you suffer from rheumatoid arthritis or other rheumatoid conditions, you may be at higher risk of developing Type 2 diabetes. Recent research suggests there may be a link between diabetes and rheumatic diseases.1 New Jersey’s leading rheumatologists at ARBDA would like to dive deeper into these findings and offer you a personalized treatment plan when you schedule an appointment with us.

What is Type 2 Diabetes?

Type 2 diabetes (T2D) is referred to as adult-onset diabetes. It is caused by the body’s impairment to regulate glucose as fuel instead of being genetic, like Type 1 diabetes. This disease is characterized by insulin resistance, which means that your cells don’t get the insulin they need to work properly, and the sugar from foods you eat remains in the bloodstream. Chronic high blood sugar can affect many systems of the body and can exacerbate current medical conditions, including rheumatic diseases.

The Risk Factors For Those With Rheumatic Conditions

Researchers have discovered an increased risk of patients with rheumatic conditions developing Type 2 diabetes, as discussed in this recent Rheumatology Advisor article. This may be due in part to the higher levels of inflammation in the body that rheumatic disease cause. Both metabolic disorders (such as diabetes) and rheumatic conditions have higher chances of developing as people age. Therefore, someone who may be predisposed to both these conditions could contract them at the same time later in life. 

Treating These Comorbid Conditions

With proper diet and exercise, including weight loss for overweight or obese individuals, Type 2 diabetes can often be reversed, and many people may see the severity of rheumatic symptoms reduce, as well. Controlling the inflammation from rheumatic diseases may also help treat T2D. Other studies discovered that patients taking TNFα inhibitors had a lower risk of developing T2D.2 Each individual is different, however, and your rheumatologist will prescribe the right treatment regimen for you.

Schedule Your Consultation Today

If you currently suffer from rheumatoid arthritis or another rheumatic condition and are worried about developing Type 2 diabetes, give ARBDA a call today. Don’t wait – get the help you need today from our polymyalgia rheumatica and rheumatoid arthritis doctors today!

1https://www.rheumatologyadvisor.com/home/general-rheumatology/the-link-between-rheumatic-disease-biologic-dmards-and-diabetes/
2https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/articles/PMC7337336/

Additional Sources:
https://www.mayoclinic.org/diseases-conditions/type-2-diabetes/symptoms-causes/syc-20351193
https://www.healthline.com/health/rheumatic-diseases#risk-factors

Clinical Risk Factors Similar Across Rheumatic Diseases

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