Cobalt Levels in Blood from Joint Replacements

The ideal range of blood glucose levels is

  • 70 to 100 mg/dL before meals
  • Less than 120 mg/dL 2 hours after eating
  • 100-140 mg/dL before your bedtime snack

Joint replacement is a surgery to remove the damaged sections of your joint and replaces them with parts usually constructed of metal, ceramic and very hard plastic. Common joint replacements including hip joint replacement, keen joint replacement and elbow joint replacement.

It should be noticed that joint replacement may cause increased metal content such as cobalt in the blood. Most artificial hip joints have a polished metal or ceramic ball that fits into a cup liner that’s made of very hard plastic. They are more likely to release metal content into your bloodstream, which can cause inflammation and bone erosion.

Besides, artificial joints may cause other complications including blood clots, fracture, change in leg length, and bone loosening.

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