The risk of physical disability in adult patients suffering from diabetes is higher according to the latest study published in the journal of Lancet Diabetes and Endocrinology. The risk of physical disability in older patients with diabetes is 50% to 80% higher in comparison to patients without diabetes according to the conclusion of 26 studies.
The patient will be considered as disable If he is unable to perform its normal routine activities such as bathing, shopping, using transport and eating.
Currently researchers have not yet discovered any possible reason of this association but excessive sugar levels will definitely deteriorate muscles with the passage of time.
“The complications associated with diabetes, such as heart disease, stroke, and kidney disease, can all result in disability,” said study leader Dr Anna Peeters and Dr Evelyn Wong, of the Baker IDI Heart and Diabetes Institute in Melbourne.
“As the world’s population ages, and diabetes becomes more common, it seems clear that we will see an increased need for disability-related health resources, which health systems around the world need to be prepared for.”
“We are going to need to think about preventing disability as one of our priorities in managing and dealing with diabetes,” said by Dr Edward Gregg, of the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, in Atlanta, US.
Head of research, Dr Matthew Hobbs, said: “It emphasises why preventing type-2 diabetes and ensuring that all people with diabetes have access to the right care is so hugely important. ”
“Eating a healthy, balanced diet and being more physically active in your daily life can help to reduce your risk of developing type-2 diabetes,” said Dr Hobbs.
Reference: Evelyn Wong, Kathryn Backholer, Emma Gearon, Jessica Harding, Rosanne Freak-Poli, Christopher Stevenson, Anna Peeters.Diabetes and risk of physical disability in adults: a systematic review and meta-analysis. The Lancet Diabetes & Endocrinology. 2013. doi:10.1016/S2213-8587(13)70046-9