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My father was diagnozed with type 2 diabetes. He is 73 years old. Lately he is falling down, losing balance and having difficulty standing. Why?

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Dr. Quang Nguyen
Internal Medicine - Endocrinology
3 doctors agree

In brief: Many reasons

Aside from neuropathy from diabetes, uncontrolled dm can also cause dehydration, weakness, electrolytes imbalances.
..These can contribute to the symptoms he's currently experiencing. Dm medication, if not taking appropriately can also do the same thing. I recommend seeing his physician to discuss possible causes and proper treatment.

In brief: Many reasons

Aside from neuropathy from diabetes, uncontrolled dm can also cause dehydration, weakness, electrolytes imbalances.
..These can contribute to the symptoms he's currently experiencing. Dm medication, if not taking appropriately can also do the same thing. I recommend seeing his physician to discuss possible causes and proper treatment.
Dr. Quang Nguyen
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Dr. John Weeks
Family Medicine
2 doctors agree

In brief: Weakness, nerves

Symptoms you describe could be related to diabetic nerve damage (neuropathy) affecting his legs, but they could also be a sign of conditions affecting the nervous system or muscles from other causes.
He should see a doctor soon to find out. Try to reduce risk of injury with falls in his environment, make sure he has a safe way to get around, maybe a wheelchair.

In brief: Weakness, nerves

Symptoms you describe could be related to diabetic nerve damage (neuropathy) affecting his legs, but they could also be a sign of conditions affecting the nervous system or muscles from other causes.
He should see a doctor soon to find out. Try to reduce risk of injury with falls in his environment, make sure he has a safe way to get around, maybe a wheelchair.
Dr. John Weeks
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