Osnat Tell-Lebanon, Pnina Rotman-Pikielny

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INTRODUCTION: Diabetes and osteoporosis are common diseases with growing prevalence in the aging population. Many recent studies have reported an association between diabetes mellitus and an increased osteoporotic fracture rate. Compared to control subjects, decreased bone mineral density has been observed in patients with type 1 diabetes mellitus, while those with type 2 diabetes display a unique skeletal phenotype of increased bone mineral density, but impaired architectural structure and mineral properties. Accumulation of advanced glycation end products changes collagen structure and suppression of bone turnover causes impairment of repair and adaptation mechanisms. These seem to be significant factors impairing bone strength. In addition, longer disease duration, disease complications, insulin use and increased falls, as well as the use of drugs like thiazolidinediones for treatment, are all reported risk factors for fractures among patients with diabetes. Conventional diagnostic tools, including DXA measurements and the fracture risk assessment (FRAX) tool, seem to underestimate fracture risk so that for every FRAX, the actual risk of fracture is higher in the diabetic patient. Despite the unique pathophysiology of bone disease in patients with diabetes, as far as we know, existing drug treatments for osteoporosis are as effective as in patients without diabetes. Therefore, physicians should be aware of the higher risk for osteoporotic fracture among patients with diabetes and treat them according to the clinical algorithms used for all patients.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)697-701
Number of pages5
Issue number11
StatePublished - 1 Nov 2016
Externally publishedYes


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