If you're considering joint replacement surgery, you may want to work with your physician to get your blood sugar and blood pressure levels under control first. A study by Duke University researchers appearing in the latest issue of Clinical Orthopaedics and Related Research found that people with diabetes experience a 30% increase in complications after such surgery. The obese tackle a 45% higher complication rate. And that number climbs to 75% if you're both diabetic and obese.
For a summary of the study:
Obesity, Diabetes Raise Joint Replacement Risks
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