Dementia or diabetes side effect??

Mamawiggles
By Mamawiggles Latest Reply 2013-07-29 22:34:49 -0500
Started 2013-07-22 12:12:30 -0500

Father in law has type 2. He's 86. Had been told prior to diagnosis that he had dementia. I'm thinking it was his diabetes and thyroid problems. (Level was over 600 before treatment). He complains regularly that he feels like he has someone else's head in his shoulders. Can anyone give insight?


6 replies

Hart4Him
Hart4Him 2013-07-25 13:12:20 -0500 Report

My father was diagnosed year ago with diabetes. And he was just diagnosed with dementia/Alzheimer's about a year and a half ago. He's about in enter, or maybe already there, into the last stage. It's been truly hard. He doesn't care much anymore about anything, he's been saying he's ready for a long time. Wants to enjoy the time he has left. He also has cancer, many years ago.
Hope things go well for you all, God Bless!

Mamawiggles
Mamawiggles 2013-07-25 20:57:49 -0500 Report

I'm so sorry. It almost makes us dread old age. I'm dealing with a father in law and possibly mother in law with dementia. And a husband with stage four lung cancer. Praying that your father does not suffer. Remember to keep up with your own health.

Hart4Him
Hart4Him 2013-07-29 22:34:49 -0500 Report

Yes, thx I go pray he goes peaceably in his sleep. He's so ready. He's been praying constantly pleading for God to take him. Just breaks my heart. And knowing my mom might be following right behind him. God Bless all those suffering from any form of dementia and those caring for them.

Just Joyce
Just Joyce 2013-07-23 11:07:22 -0500 Report

Sometimes people are more concerned with what causes a disease once they have it than worrying about treating the disease. There is some controversy surrounding this so you may never know the true answer. In my own opinion, I don't see either as being the bigger problem. I would spend my time educating myself about both diseases and current treatment then looking for the answer of the cause. Sometimes in these cases, you may not find the cause because of controversy or the many variables associated with the cause. For all anyone knows dementia may have come with age and diabetes because of age and his pancreas not producing enough insulin. Please don't be dissappointed if you don't find the answer to what you are seeking. It happens all the time.

Mamawiggles
Mamawiggles 2013-07-22 19:02:25 -0500 Report

Thank you Joyce. I will look for it. The bigger problem is that the "dementia" and diabetes were diagnosed within a few months of each other.

Just Joyce
Just Joyce 2013-07-22 12:37:19 -0500 Report

There has been talk of this but I have not read any accuracy in that information and the source providing the information was a medical reporter and I don't believe anything they say. There are different causes for dementia. If your father in law was diagnosed with dementia long before he was diagnosed with diabetes, the two may not go hand in hand.

I read this article last year Diabetes Puts People at Risk for Dementia, Study Finds when it popped up on ABC News. I no longer have the link for it but you can Google it. I have not researched it further and if I did, I would look for it on the Mayo clinics website instead of taking a reporters view on the topic. You have to do the research and educate yourself then talk to his neurologist if you are allowed to do so.

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