Dementia and Type 2 Diabetes
Dementia is when someone starts to forgets things more often than not, has trouble doing something that they do each and every day or they find themselves in a state of confusion. Not only can this be hard on the person that is experiencing it but, it is also an emotional struggle for everyone around them. The most common type of dementia is Alzheimer’s disease. This strikes the elderly more than anyone and it is something that we hear about often. However, it can also affect those who have diabetes which is not controlled properly. This could be someone with high blood pressure, heart disease and high cholesterol in addition to their diabetes, and dementia is likely to be even harder to deal with than for someone who is healthy and not diabetic.
When you combine one or more of these conditions along with diabetes, you could be faced with vascular dementia. This is when there is a series of small strokes which cause damage to the brain tissue and prevent the oxygen that is needed from getting to the brain. One of the more serious conditions that contributes to this development is high blood pressure, which is common in those with diabetes. A stroke can often happen without any warning or signs. This means that vascular dementia can happen without any signs as well. It is also important to keep in mind that it is possible for a patient to suffer from both Alzheimer’s disease and from vascular dementia at the same time which, needless to say, is a bad combination and can make things difficult for everyone.
It is possible that the patient may have signs of dementia or they may have already been diagnosed but do not want to share it with those that are close to them out of embarrassment. Knowing the signs and symptoms can be helpful in recognizing that there may a problem and you need to speak with them about it. Signs can include the fact that bowel or bladder control has gone, the person cannot account for their finances or will cry or laugh at the wrong times. Additionally, they do not know where they are in places that they are used to or have confusion and loss of memory for short periods of time. Just because we get older does not mean that we automatically become forgetful or have mood swings. These symptoms can mean the start of something that needs to be treated and diagnosed as soon as possible.
Getting the proper treatment plan started quickly is key. If you notice that someone you care for is experiencing any of these symptoms you should schedule an appointment to meet with the doctor for the both of you. This is important so you will be there for the diagnosis and know what needs to be done for treatment. It is always hard and stressful on someone to take care of a loved one who is sick but when you have a diagnosis and better understanding of the situation as well as the proper medications, it can make this troubling time a little easier to handle for all involved.