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Joint Surgery Can Increase Blood Sugar Levels For Diabetics

Diabetes is a very common disease between humans which includes a change in the blood sugar levels. There are many different types of diabetes and each might have different severities and overall effects. However, a recent study has shown that diabetic patients might be affected by irrelevant health conditions.

The study conducted an experiment on diabetics who went through joint surgery. The results where shocking as tests showed that such patients experiences high blood sugar levels from the surgery. The study was conducted by a team of researchers working at the Hospital for Special Surgery (HSS) in New York City and The Ochsner Health System in New Orleans. They were led by, a hip and knee surgeon at HSS, Bradford Wadell.

The higher blood sugar levels is a problem as it may cause severe complications including infections. The study included the use of 773 participants, with a total of 437 being insulin-dependent. Dr. Bradford explained, “if your patient comes in with diabetes and is dependent on insulin, you need to be more cognizant of controlling their blood sugar in the perioperative period because they’re at higher risk.”

The results would differ from patients using insulin to control their blood sugar levels and other who control it with their diet plans. This was the main reason behind having a diversity in the sample used. The values showed that over 6.59% of people who use insulin are viable to high glucose levels after the surgery, while 6.6% who do not use insulin will be affected.