Diabetes is becoming more common and more treatable. However, diabetes does lead to more risks that involve long-term care situations
Diabetes can affect many parts of the body and is associated with serious complications, such as heart disease and stroke, blindness, kidney failure, and lower limb amputation. Many of these complications are not instant death. They lead to many years of care ranging from help around the home to rehabilitation services in an assisted living facility.
- Diabetics are 2 to 4 times more likely to have heart disease or stroke.
- 54% of amputations in the US are caused by diabetes.
- 55% of amputees will require a second amputation within 2-3 years.
- The two main causes of chronic kidney failure are diabetes and high blood pressure.
We all like to think of the best case scenario but reality is scarier than we like to think. There are options that can protect your loved ones from the emotional, physical and financial consequences that can happen.