What is the relationship between frozen shoulder and diabetes?

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Last updated: Wednesday, January 26, 2005

Individuals with diabetes are more prone to have frozen shoulders than those without diabetes. Furthermore, the frozen shoulders of patients with diabetes are more difficult to treat, responding less well to exercises and to examination under anesthesia. The reasons are not completely understood, but there is evidence that in diabetes the collagen fibers in tissues such as those around the shoulder are more extensively cross linked.