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Type 2 diabetes is the direct result of not producing enough or not producing enough insulin in the body.
Insulin, produced by the pancreas, plays an essential role in regulating blood sugar levels, which increase the risk of irreversible complications if they are irregular, such as heart disease.
Therefore, care must be taken about the signs associated with high blood sugar levels, in order to receive appropriate treatment to prevent risks.
One of the warning signs includes: shoulder rigidity, also known as adhesive capsulitis, that occurs when the ligaments around the shoulder joint become swollen and severe.
As Diabetes.co.uk explains, inflammation of this tissue can make normal healing difficult, and hinder normal daily activities, such as unscrewing the shirt buttons.
How was the frozen shoulder linked to diabetes?
Research has shown that people with diabetes are almost twice as likely to suffer from frozen shoulder.
This is due to the occurrence of collagen effects in the shoulder, which connects the bones in the joint, says Dr. Richard Bernstein, a leader in diabetes.
Collagen can become sticky if sugar molecules are bound, which limits movement and shoulder stiffness. This process is known as glycosylation.
Diabetes also revealed that diabetes has been associated with musculoskeletal problems for a long time, with the possibility that a persistent high blood sugar level may increase the risk of complications such as frozen shoulder.
In the short term, the frozen shoulder treatment focuses on controlling pain and helping to restore some movement. Shoulder exercises are usually recommended to prevent the shoulder from being stiff, and it may be advisable to take anti-inflammatory pain relievers to relieve pain.
Long-term treatment involves lifestyle changes, to control high blood sugar levels.