MindMate team
Jul 19, 2017

Diabetes effect on memory power?

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Edited: Aug 1, 2017

Any experience yourself?

shell
Aug 9, 2017

Absolutley without doubt! We were carers for our Mum who was a Type 2, insulin dependent diabetic. Sadly Mum struggled to manage her condition with her daily blood sugar readings being anything from 17 mmol to 30 mmol. The higher Mums blood sugars were her cognative ability was worse and this affected her memory.

Patpat
Aug 10, 2017

Yes, I agree Shell, there is surely a link. I had a similar experience with a late family member, and her cognitive health was certainly declining as the disease took it's toll. Did you find anything particularly helpful in treating that side of the condition?

shell
Aug 10, 2017

Hello Pat

Thank you for your reply.

Sadly we didnt! For seven years we lurched from one crisis to another. All I can say is try and enjoy the good times and accept that you did your best when times are not going well.

Patpat
Aug 11, 2017

That must have been so difficult for you! You're right though, it's always better to have a positive outlook in situations like this, it makes such a difference for both you and them :)

shell
Aug 11, 2017

Thank you Pat

A positive mental aptitude is an absolute Must. Not always easy to attain but its a real game changer!

 

Elaine
Aug 14, 2017

Wow guys, great to see such positivity in the face of difficulty. I'm living with early Alzheimer's so having a good attitude is very important for me! No experience of diabetes thankfully, but as you say shell, it's applicable to any challenge in life :)

shell
Aug 17, 2017

Hello Elaine, Good to hear from you! Sorry to hear that you have Early Alzeimers! being positive at times can be hard for the sufferer and the carer . Can I give you a tip. While you are able, try to tell your family and Carers exactly what your wishes and needs are. whats important to you. Sadly as your conditions gets worse there might come a time when you cant.

Elaine
Aug 18, 2017

Thanks very much, I truly appreciate the advice and it is noted. Yes I am aware of the sad realities of the condition further down the line, but of course I'm not letting it stop me live whilst I still can :) You sound like you have some experience with the condition too?

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