Patients with OA and diabetes endure greater pain, poorer health

Comorbidities need to be considered when treating patients, say researchers

Patients with osteoarthritis who also have diabetes mellitus report higher levels of pain and poorer physical and mental functioning than those without diabetes, researchers have shown for the first time.


An international team, which included researchers from La Trobe University in Victoria, said their study highlighted the need for prevention and better management of osteoarthritis in patients with concomitant diabetes.

The study included almost 2500 patients with knee osteoarthritis, aged 45-79, who