In the past, people believed that individuals with type 2 diabetes were at a lower risk for osteoporosis, a condition that causes low bone density and increased risk for fractures. Doctors believed that because type 2 diabetics tend to carry excess weight, they had a lower risk for osteoporosis and, therefore, fractures. However, experts now realize that seniors with diabetes, both type 1 and type 2, are at a greater risk for fractures. Doctors aren’t exactly certain why this is, but they do have some theories.
Diabetes and Bone Density.
Researchers believe the reason people with type 1 diabetes are at a greater risk for osteoporosis has something to do with insulin. It is possible that insulin plays a role in the strength and growth of bones. Since type 1 diabetes is often diagnosed at a young age, those people may never develop bones that are as dense and strong as those without the condition.
A recent study suggests that people with type 2 diabetes may also suffer from weak bones, but these weaknesses aren’t shown through regular bone density tests. Type 2 diabetics appear to have “skeletal deficits” that increase their risk of fractures, especially dangerous hip fractures, by up to 50 percent.
Nerve Damage, Vision Loss, and Falls.
The National Institutes of Health states that another reason diabetics may be at a greater risk for fractures is because of nerve damage and vision problems. High blood sugar levels can damage the blood vessels that feed the nerves. This problem often occurs in the legs, and may lead to complete loss of sensation. A loss of feeling can cause people to fall more easily. The vision problems associated with diabetes are a result of damaged blood vessels in the retina, which may lead to blindness. Having difficulty seeing can cause people to trip more easily, resulting in falls.
Preventing Falls for Diabetics.
Because diabetics are more prone to fractures, it is extremely important to protect them from falls. Hiring a senior care provider can help keep your diabetic parent safer in their home. A senior care provider can assist your parent to walk safely from place to place. If your parent does not see well, a senior care provider can guide them while watching out for tripping hazards, like uneven steps or loose rugs. In addition, having a senior care provider check on your parent during the day can ease worries that family caregivers may have about an older adult falling and not being discovered in time to get them the help they need.
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In 1989 after selling his family owned food service business, Mr. Gerber pursued his compassion for the elderly by completing his geriatric education and training requirements to be a licensed nursing home administrator (LNFA) from the University of Texas Health Science Center at Houston.Previously he received his undergraduate business degree from the University of Texas at Austin and his Masters in business administration (MBA) from the University of Houston.In 2003, Mr. Gerber earned his Certification to be a Senior Advisor (CSA).
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