Diabetes & ageing!

By jigsaw Latest Reply 2013-03-26 16:47:32 -0500
Started 2012-03-12 08:58:37 -0500

Does diabetes speed up the ageing process a bit ? I've had quite a few folks with diabetes tell me it's true. I've even heard it fogs the brain at times. I kind of suspect that some diabetic meds will do this. I also think a combo of high bg and some meds combined can have an extreme effect on ones memory!
Here's a video that decribes the symptoms, you must be at least 55 years old to view:

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Cookie Roma
Cookie Roma 2012-03-19 01:55:51 -0500 Report

That's a good question. In 2002 I had a massive DVT emergency leaving me with a life long blood disorder to deal with. Before this happened I was often told I looked much younger than my actual age. That hasn't happened since then and I actually feel MUCH older. It's never occurred to me that the diabetes may have contributed to this.

jigsaw 2012-03-19 07:09:40 -0500 Report

I don't think there is any medical evidence that says diabetes ages us faster. I do suspect it takes its toll in that department however. It definitely effects numerous organs in the body which I believe causes a chain of events i n turn.
My wife has a rare blood disorder called Factor 5 leiden. She clots easily and takes blood thinners as a result. She had a silent stroke and then a second stroke with outward symptoms. Fortunately, I was with her when it happened, and I got her to the hospital in time.

draco59 2012-03-17 15:46:23 -0500 Report

Well. I'm not 55 but getting there 53… But I've been having the “senior moment" a term I have never cared for, for many years, long before I was diagnosed. I just thought it was from the alcohol and drug use as a teenager. But my wife as noticed it’d get worst since my high blood pressure meds increased as it got worst, about 15 yrs. ago. So we’ll just to have to wait and see.

jigsaw 2012-03-17 16:53:30 -0500 Report

I think we all have those moments a bit more frequently as the years go by. Medications can definitely play tricks on the mind as well as body parts. Lipitor has recently been pegged as causing short term memory loss as a possible side effect. Considering the millions of people on this drug, makes you wonder ! Not really funny at all from that prospective.

draco59 2012-03-17 17:03:51 -0500 Report

That is true, I was on Lipitor years ago, went off it, then went on it again, couble of years age, and then after a few weeks I barely could walk, so I stopped and never thought about the other side effects. I know are memories slowly go over the years, some faster than others. No, your right not funny, but due we really know all the long term effects of the medice we take???? I just found out about one of my HP meds has some side effects when used with other HP meds and people with type 2 D. There considering pulling it off the market. so I guess, we never knoow about anything in the long term…

draco59 2012-03-17 21:11:36 -0500 Report

well, I abused my body growing up, between sports, drinking and drugs, they can finish it off… lol

jigsaw 2012-03-18 09:11:02 -0500 Report

I'm sure many of us did some wild, crazy things in our youth. I know I did also. Hopefully we didn't go to far!

JSJB 2012-03-17 02:33:56 -0500 Report

I guess it does age you. With the pills and dieting my wife told me to put on some weight because I look old:). I am 70 but I might look old but I feel healthy so it is a toss up. Looking old and feeling healthy or looking young to attract the ladies:) lol lol lol.

JSJB 2012-03-17 02:39:59 -0500 Report

Just viewed the video and if I played the guitar you can say that was me in the video. We all have a problem and yet we can still have a good Laugh. I saved this video so I can show it to my younger friends.

Mrs. Alilce
Mrs. Alilce 2012-03-16 10:00:19 -0500 Report

I have been out of circulation for a time. We have a lot of difficulty in a lot of areas. It makes me cringe to be a part of the problem(s) now. Breast cancer-get over it. Radiation, not so much…lung damage 1st, then diabetes, and now disk deterioation. Who knew that a headache at the top of my head resulted from the trapezius (sp) muscle attempting to hold my head up becaause my neck can't. I am very tired after school, but who isn't. My house seems hard to clean with all the kids and their friends, but whose isn't. I can't be my personal best and that really creams my corn. I do believe in some good face cream, regular pedicures and manicures, and hair appts. It is just good body maintainence. Memory gone? Carry a notebook Learning to compensate : )

tinkerbell54 2013-03-18 11:42:58 -0500 Report

The memory problem we all have at times i am MOM 16 yr old teenager she thinks she 43 at times . I have been diabetic since 2000. Iam 53 & iam meopause with Hot flashes & night sweats oh boy! married for 25 yrs this May plus 5 stents in my heart.. Tinkerbell54

jigsaw 2012-03-16 10:24:08 -0500 Report

Hello Mrs. Alice,

Sounds like you've got a full plate for sure! Hopefully, things are improving from this point onwards. You definitely sound like a trooper. My prayers are with you. I'm glad that your able to stay busy.

Old-n-Grey-n-Wiser 2012-03-15 12:27:44 -0500 Report

Where am I, oh and before I foreget who to heck am I

jigsaw 2012-03-15 15:09:55 -0500 Report

Who is this guy roaming around here & wondering where and who he is??? He does look vaguely familiar, or does he ?????????????????

Jan8 2012-03-15 10:40:10 -0500 Report

Oh YEAH!!! Skin, memory ( I like Luminosity for that), concentration. BG levels interfere with lots.

jigsaw 2012-03-15 15:01:16 -0500 Report

Sometimes, I think we really are better off forgetting some things on occasion.

Jan8 2012-03-15 15:42:59 -0500 Report

you got that right jigsaw

jigsaw 2012-03-15 16:10:46 -0500 Report

Took me all these years, and I finally got something right ! Now…What the heck was it !

jigsaw 2012-03-15 20:57:23 -0500 Report

Thanks James, you da savior ! I'm going to kick back for awhile in front of the boob tube and then hit the sack. Have a goodnight!

jayabee52 2012-03-15 21:05:06 -0500 Report

Good night! I think I am about 3 hrs behind you. So I have a while to go yet. but I 'd best call it a day here too and get some supper and relax.

Teresa Rose
Teresa Rose 2012-03-14 22:17:14 -0500 Report

Love the video !!! I'm only 51 but I couldn't help but to peek !!!
I think Diabetes does speed up the aging process. I have aged
beyond my years in many different ways. Changes to Hair, Skin,
Nails, Memory, to name a few.

jigsaw 2012-03-15 07:42:29 -0500 Report

Here's a for instance, last year I was only 49, and now I'm in my 60s!
On a serious note, I agree with what you are saying. I do believe it affects our appearance with time. If I remember correctly, Mary Tyler Moore, a famous actress with diabetes spoke a bit about the affects of diabetes and ageing.

Set apart
Set apart 2012-03-16 21:00:37 -0500 Report

Oh I have to agree 6 months and I feel like I have lost so much, my past and who I was, yet I've gained so much. One of those things includes my lifeas a T1, not taking anything for granted, and my new friends on DC! No regrets!

jigsaw 2012-03-16 21:35:53 -0500 Report

Beautifully said ! I would go as far as to say that diabetes has probably saved some individuals lives. We all know that there are people who have learned to live a healthy lifestyle due to their diabetes. More than likely some of these people would have developed who knows what, if they didn't get diabetes. So your excellent point is well taken!!!

Set apart
Set apart 2012-03-16 21:57:46 -0500 Report

Thanks Jigsaw, diagnosed with T1 has brought me so much closer to people who are a REAL part of my life! best wishes!

Harlen 2012-03-12 15:28:56 -0500 Report

That was funny as can be I know I live it from time to time lol
Best wishes and thank you

jigsaw 2012-03-12 18:05:24 -0500 Report

Glad you enjoyed it! I think a bit of humor (in good taste) adds a bit of spice.

watson4042 2012-03-12 14:45:37 -0500 Report

lmfao and rolling on the floor! thanks for sharing the link. :)

jigsaw 2012-03-12 18:08:24 -0500 Report

You should have seen me in front of the computer! My wife thought I was some sort of spastic. She had no idea what I was laughing at!

jayabee52 2012-03-12 10:51:33 -0500 Report

Hoo HOO Hee HEE! Laughed out loud!

Why age limit of 55? AARP started sending me stuff @ age 50!

Oh well. I am way over the limit! All too true, that's what makes it so funny!

Diabetes may not speed up the aging process, but it may make it seem like it has!

jigsaw 2012-03-12 11:00:03 -0500 Report

We can have a vote on whether to lower the age. That of course is determined by how many can remember …What age?????

jayabee52 2012-03-12 15:00:40 -0500 Report

now WHAT exactly were we voting for?

jigsaw 2012-03-14 18:31:22 -0500 Report

What was that ??? Is that what I thought it was ?? Shame on you Jayabee, that's not the kind we were talking about!!!

jayabee52 2012-03-15 00:34:16 -0500 Report

it was intended to be a brain fart, but it came out down south further! LoL! It just happened to pass through my digestive tract!

locarbarbie 2012-03-12 10:08:54 -0500 Report

Am I allowed to say lmfao? That was the funniest most brilliant ( and darn it, all too true for me!!) video I have seen in a long time.

jigsaw 2012-03-12 10:18:05 -0500 Report

Sure you can say that, I'll probably forget in a couple of minutes !
Glad you enjoyed it.