Important Link Between Wheelchair Use and Diabetes

There is an inexorable link between wheelchair use and diabetes. Paralysis (one the most common causes necessitating wheelchair use) increases one’s risk for developing diabetes, owing to many factors, including decreased physical activity and decreased control over food choices, though even those with only limited mobility can also be affected. Research shows that individuals whose mobility is severely limited have a threefold greater chance of developing diabetes, indicating that specific measures need to be taken to prevent and treat the problems associated with this disease. The relationship extends even further, since patients with diabetes also have a greater chance of developing disabilities that lead to wheelchair use.

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by Gemma Fletcher