How does diabetic neuropathy cause falls in older people. I am 62 with diabetes mellitus and diabetic polyneuropathy. I have fallen several times for no apparant reason. The last time that I fell I tore two ligaments in my knee. Is there a prevention for this
Diabetic neuropathy causes motor weakness which can be proximal or distal. The distal lower limb weakness usually manifests as foot weakness which causes frequent tripping. Proximal lower limb weakness results in difficulty in getting up from sitting position, climbing up and down the stairs and frequent falls due to knees giving way.
Tight and stable control of blood sugar levels, frequent follow ups and regular foot exams can atleast slow down the progression of diabetic neuropathy.
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