Co-morbidities?

Jeanette Terry
By Jeanette TerryPA Latest Reply 2013-09-11 14:02:45 -0500
Started 2013-08-29 14:32:36 -0500

You often hear about complications caused from diabetes but rarely do you hear about how they are connected. And even less so do you hear about co-morbidities or other medical conditions that tend to pop up along side of diabetes or as a result of diabetes. So I am curious as to what other medical conditions all of you have that are either correlated with diabetes or caused by or just somehow connected that you know of?

I think we all could use a little education in this area so thanks for sharing your experiences.


6 replies

Just Joyce
Just Joyce 2013-09-02 09:50:40 -0500 Report

This is a broad question which I think needs clarification. I am not exactly sure what you are talking about. I had high cholesterol but it was not related to being diabetic. As we get older, some people develop arthritis, glucoma and other ailments which doesn't mean it is related to diabetes.

silvie mae
silvie mae 2013-08-29 22:12:36 -0500 Report

Well right about the time diabetes reared it's ugly head I began getting painful knots on my finger joints. I was diagnosed with osteoarthritis. I've been told there is no connection but I don't believe that. Both conditions came on me at the same time. I believe I have some other issues going on I've been experiencing several symptoms the past year but no one seems to be able to figure out what it is yet. Having my A1C along with some other blood work tomorrow so we shall see if anything shows up.

Katykakes
Katykakes 2013-08-29 16:04:26 -0500 Report

I have retinopathy, i've had this for a while now that happened to spring up after i gained better control of my diabetes. I also was diagnosed with neuropathy last year. I was depressed for a while sibce i thought getting better bg results would make me feel better then bam.. All these changes started happening. From then on i had to keep telling myself that itll only get better as long as i stay in control. Et voila! :-) life is great!

Gabby
GabbyPA 2013-08-29 15:45:36 -0500 Report

I am not 100% sure what you mean. I think I have more of a question than a real connection. My doctor has not discussed any connection except that I need to loose weight. However, the things I have noticed here that seem to be connected that I suffer from are:

Hypothyroid: I had that before the diabetes was diagnosed. I notice that there are many here who suffer from the same thing and with that being such a hormone controller, the connection could be there.

Obesity: Which came first, the chicken or the egg? There are so many studies on this. Does a pre disposition to diabetes cause or exasperate weight gain or does the weight gain tip the scales to full blown diabetes in those of us who are predisposed? I personally connect both issues to the "franken foods" that we grew up on. But that is just my opinion.

Boils: Though I would not classify them as a co-morbidty, it can lead to a lot of bad issues. High sugar in our blood can feed a simple ingrown hair to a full blown boil in no time if not treated at the start. For me, my mom and my brother (all type 2's) boils seem to be a common factor. I have only had one, but that was enough. The fear of a blood infection is very real and with our slowness to heal, it scared me a lot. It is one of my greatest motivators for managing my glucose levels.

Pancreatic Cancer: (not me, but my dad who was a type 2) Does diabetes mean that we are more likely to have pancreatic cancer or does a messed up pancreas cause the cancer to push us into a full blown diabetes and then cancer down the road? My dad was diagnosed with Type 2 diabetes about 5 years before he died of pancreatic cancer. It was a frighteningly quick demise that came as he was very well managed in his diabetes.

Dementia: (not me...yet, but my mom who also has type 2) There have been studies to try to find the results of improper glucose levels and how they mess with our brains. I know that when my sugars are high, I get what I call brain fog and I cannot think clearly. I have read also that when we have lows, our brains suffer as well. Could what is diagnosed as dementia actually just be the deterioration of our brains due to sugar imbalances?

Armourer
Armourer 2013-09-11 14:00:45 -0500 Report

The dementia is interesting. I have this when my sugars are low, but not high. However, being known as having a mind that remembers everything for years. But the last couple of years I am not remembering things well. Doc says, :"Now you know how the rest of us remember things." Big help.