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From Springfield, Massachusetts, USA:

I've had diabetes for 35 years and don't seem to develop complications excepting for little retinopathy. One doctor said I was fortunate and I agreed. This sports doctor told me I had frozen shoulders and manipulated them both. Is this "frozen shoulders" a complication associated with diabetes?

Answer:

You are indeed fortunate to have escaped complications for 35 years, well done! Frozen shoulder is a rather fashionable complaint which seems to target late middle age in men and women who use their upper arm a lot, tennis players for example. It is not known to have any special association with diabetes although diabetics do seem to have a predilection for other conditions of tendon, tendon sheath and fascia, particularly in the upper limbs.

DO'B

Original posting 20 Mar 97

  
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