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Let me know the similarities and differences of disease manifestation in children and in the elderly in diabetes?

Let me know the similarities and differences of disease manifestation in children and in the elderly in diabetes?

Many: Older adults will often present with atypical symptoms of high blood sugar. Lethargy, dehydration, confusion. Younger people will present with a high level of acid in their blood(ketosis). Both are very serious and need urgent attention by a health care provider, as they both can result in death if not idnetified and treated early. ...Read more

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Is Lyme disease more serious in the elderly?

Is Lyme disease more serious in the elderly?

In many cases yes: Lyme disease can be serious at any age, but has highly variable effects depending on many factors, including what strain of lyme & other conditions the person has.Someone with lyme who has other conditions such as parasites, co-infections like babesia & bartonella & heavy metal toxicity will become more ill than an otherwise healthy person. Elderly people often have more of these other conditions. ...Read more

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Besides pneumonia what contagious diseases affect the elderly?

Besides pneumonia what contagious diseases affect the elderly?

All of them: Elderly get all the same diseases as the young ones.. Sometimes immunity wanes and vaccines get forgotten so they are prone to many of the same illnesses as unvaccinated children. Most contagious disease though is mild and viral ( not amounting to a pneumonia) and there is no vaccine for that. ...Read more

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What are the causes of gum disease if elderly?

Follow below: The same criteria would apply to you as with someone half your age. We would still review your medical history, check your medications, illnesses, habits, genetics etc... Treatment can vary and might include laser therapy which is very effective and relatively conservative. ...Read more

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Is anti-retroviral medication often discontinued in elderly dementia patients? If so does disease progress fast or will they die of something else 1st

Is anti-retroviral medication often discontinued in elderly dementia patients? If so does disease progress fast or will they die of something else 1st

No: Experienced infectious disease physicians dealing with HIV can construct a cocktail with very few side effects now a days. I almost never discontinue the treatment. Id discontinued, the HIV dementia may worsen and the immune system will deteriorate. No one actually dies of aids..Its opportunistic infections or cancers that arise that cause increased morbidity and mortality. ...Read more

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Will legionnaires' disease effect children, the elderly, or adults differently?

Will legionnaires' disease effect children, the elderly, or adults differently?

Yes: The disease is a result of inhaling droplets or soil contaminated by the legionella bacterium. Not everyone who is exposed will get this. Risk factors include age over 65 years, low immunity, smoking, steroid treatment, chronic lung disease and occupational (air conditioner maintainers). ...Read more

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Which respiratory diseases are of concern for the elderly and infants?

Which respiratory diseases are of concern for the elderly and infants?

Immunocompromised...: Infants and the elderly in general have less robust immune systems to fight off infections. Respiratory illnesses are common and can progress to life threatening conditions. That is why flu shots are so important for the elderly to get, as well as the general population, so they do not spread the virus to these vulnerable populations. ...Read more

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What respiratory diseases are of concern for the elderly and infants and why?

What respiratory diseases are of concern for the elderly and infants and why?

For infants: I will answer part of your questions. For infants: rsv, human metapneumovirus, pertussis, influenza, and may be parainfluenza viruses. ...Read more

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What disease causes the bones tobecome so brittle in an elderly woman that they break?

What disease causes the bones tobecome so brittle in an elderly woman that they break?

Osteoporosis: Osteoporosis is a condition manifested by loss of total bone mass and which is a consequence of aging. Women develop the condition at an earlier age than men. Osteoporosis can be the result of other medical conditions and medications. It can result in hip fractures and vertebral compression fractures most commonly seen in elderly women. ...Read more

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How does a child develop aortic stenosis at such an early age, isn't this a disease for the elderly?

How does a child develop aortic stenosis at such an early age, isn't this a disease for the elderly?

Not Only Elderly: You are correct in that as is common in the elderly. But children are not little adults, and the process is different. In children with, the aortic valve itself usually did not develop normally. Or, they contracted a disease like rheumatic fever which affects heart valves (quite rare in the west). Please discuss your specific issues with your cardiologist. ...Read more

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