Diabetic osteopathy: previously disputed but most likely important ailment

Authors: Š. Svačina
Authors‘ workplace: III. interní klinika 1. lékařské fakulty UK a VFN Praha, přednosta prof. MUDr. Štěpán Svačina, DrSc., MBA
Published in: Vnitř Lék 2010; 56(7): 736-738
Category: 80th Birthday - Jaroslava Blahoše, MD, DrSc.


Diabetic osteopathy is usually not mentioned in the list of diabetic complications. This osteopathy is very important in clinical medicine. In the pathogenesis many factors are involved – bone formation, hyperglycaemia, glycosuria, glycation of collagene etc. Clinically important is the high risk of fractures present in diabetic patients. This risk can be positively and negatively modified by antidiabetic drugs. It is important to find some markers for fracture risk in diabetes. Nowadays only bone densitometry can be used with some limitations to quantify this risk.

Key words:
diabetic osteopathy – bone fracture – antidiabetic drugs – risk markers


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