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Prof. Leszek Czupryniak: Poorly managed seniors endure diabetes worse

MedExpress Team

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Published Feb. 7, 2024 09:41

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- Senior age is special in that the body always functions less well as the years go by, and diabetes accelerates those processes that normally take place in aging. It can be said that a patient with diabetes ages twice as fast, as long as he is treated poorly. If he is well managed and follows the recommendations, the risk of developing complications is non-existent, or minimal," Professor Leszek Czupryniak, head of the Department of Diabetology and Internal Medicine at Warsaw Medical University, said in an interview with Medexpress.

It is said that diabetes does not hurt. What hurts are its complications. What complications must a senior citizen who neglects the disease face?

With the full set of complications. The crux of diabetes is that a large amount of glucose in the blood damages blood vessels and the peripheral nervous system. Glucose freely enters the cells that lining the inside of the vessels. That is, it enters the nerve cells, which simply "go dumb" and stop functioning properly. Hence we have universality ...

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