Need Information On Complications Of Diabetes

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SonyaM - February 1

I hope someone can offer some insight. Here is the situation. My fil who is very very obese and does not take care of himself at all has diabetes. He has had several complications from this but the family does not communicate well at all. I feel like my dh and I are in the dark about how serious his illness is and I don't want my dh to be blindsided by something happening. So last night my mil told me that my fil is getting bags of iron injected into his arm. She said his iron levels are low because his kidneys are failing. When questioned she said the next step if it doesn't improve is dialysis. Again like I said these people do not communicate well at all. I could give you tons of expamples but it would take too long. So my question is, does iron loss have anything to do with kidney failure and if so is it very serious and would dialysis be the next step? Thanks for any information you can give. I am urging my dh and his three siblings to sit down with their parents and try to get some real answers but I don't know if it will happen.

 

eclipse - February 1

Kidney failure is a sign of unchecked diabetes, and his next step is dialysis and possibly a kidney transplant, although he doesn't sound like a good candidate. He is basically digging his grave and there is no way around it. It sounds like he has some bleeding somewhere too possibly and that could be related to the kidneys. My friend is a type 1 diabetic and had a kidney transplant 10 years ago. He needs to get diabetes counselling at the hospital in order to manage his disease. With proper management he could live a very full and good life, but continuing on this path he is on does not bode well for his future. Please research diabetes on the internet and sit down with your husband and then maybe the two of you can go to the siblings and gang up on him. Good luck.

 

mcatherine - February 1

My dad was a diabetic - so this is what I remember. Of course, I'[m no doctor or nurse so please don't take everything I say as fact.... Yes, iron loss has a lot to do with kidney failure. Low iron means your body isn't producing enough red blood cells - and when the organs don't get enough of the red clood cells they begin to fail. They actually give iron through an IV because it is more productive than taking it in pill form. Diabetes and kidney failure kind of go hand in hand - I want to say that diabetes is the biggest reason for kidney failure. Kidney disease is serious and yes, if the iron does not help the progression of the disease - dialysis is the next step. In my fathers case, the IV iron was enough - he never needed dialysis. Sometimes my father would try and hide things from us to keep us safe - so we started to go to the doctor with him so we were able to ask questions ourselves and help with his care so my mother didn't have to do it all on her own. At first they were resistant, but eventually his diabetes became a family affair and his doctors felt comfortable talking to any of us about his health. (Of course the privacy laws weren't around - so you may need fil's permission) He started taking better care of himself, lost a great deal of weight, became diet-controlled instead of insulin dependant and lived until he was 75. He died of congestive heart failure. I won't lie to you - diabetes is deadly if you don't take care of yourself. Getting the family involved is a pretty smart move. Good luck.

 

mcatherine - February 1

Oh - and I do agree with eclipse - you really have to understand diabetes before you can understand what toll it takes on the kidneys as well as other organs.

 

SonyaM - February 1

He has had diabetes for several years now. I believe he had just been diagnosed with it when my dh and I met so we're talking 10-12 years. One of my sil's does at times go to appt.'s with him and my mil but she has proven not too swift. She has gotten information wrong as well. There are a lot of ODD family dynamics that I will never understand so it's hard to deal with this. We'll see what the future holds. Thanks for your responses.

 

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