U.K. Study Says Older People with Diabetes Run Greater Risk of Disabilities
Researchers at the University of Bedfordshire found that 46 percent of older people with diabetes relied on some sort of walking aid, such as a cane or walker, versus 31 percent of elderly people without diabetes. The study also found that 4 percent of people with diabetes were "highly dependent" on caretakers, compared to 1 percent of non-diabetics.
The researchers suggested that problems with mobility in patients with diabetes were an outcome of the leg nerve damage and circulation problems associated with diabetes. Other factors associated with mobility problems in people with diabetes were the higher incidences of stroke, heat attack and high blood pressure among them.
Source: Diabetes Care, February 2008.Click Here To View Or Post Comments