Diabetes Increases Risk of Falls among Elderly
A recent study of 139 nursing home residents showed that
male and female patients with diabetes were more than four times more likely to
experience a fall than patients who didn’t have diabetes. The researchers
suspect that diabetic neuropathy, or nerve damage, was the main reason for the
increase in falls. This type of damage affects the sense of feeling in your
feet, and may contribute to a loss of balance.
Falls are one of the main causes of death and disability
among the elderly. If you have a loved one who has diabetes and is in a nursing
home, make sure to talk with the staff members there about precautions they take
to help prevent falls.
Gerontology, September 2005.