Studies have revealed just how dramatically diabetic peripheral neuropathy impacts quality of life. Consider this. When therapeutic interventions reverse the symptoms of peripheral neuropathy, this results in a 72 percent improvement in activities of daily life, a 78 percent decrease in falls, and a 79 percent reduction in balance-related falls (via Age and Ageing).
In other words, addressing peripheral neuropathy leads to longer, healthier, and more independent lives for patients and their caretakers. Factors like keeping a driver’s license longer lead to a higher quality of life for patients while reducing burdens on caretakers’ plates. Keep reading to learn more about mobility and restored quality of life for neuropathy patients.
Diabetic Peripheral Neuropathy
Over the past few decades, diabetes mellitus has become a disease of the elderly, according to Diabetes/Metabolism Research and Reviews. This disease can contribute to impairments in physical functioning, which often translate into ramped-up risks for falls and fractures. As an independent pharmacist or convenient care clinician, you are uniquely positioned to help address this condition before it leads to serious injury. Red flags of the condition include deficits in lower extremity functioning and postural stability.
These impairments represent leading contributors to loss of physical independence and can significantly impact quality of life for patients and caretakers alike. Fortunately, your facility can spearhead increased awareness of disability as a potentially reversible complication of diabetes. Moreover, because early intervention proves promising for improved physical functioning, it’s time to explore how NeuropaCalm can assist your pharmacy or convenient care clinic in providing patients with the knowledge and resources they need.
Assessment of Quality of Life
Researchers have found strong correlations between quality of life and illness acceptance, as reported by Advanced Medical Science. But coming to terms with diabetes can prove complicated for patients, especially when coupled with peripheral neuropathy. For example, patients with diabetes who may be manifesting symptoms of peripheral neuropathy often ignore or deny the signs out of a fear they’ll become a burden to their family and friends. They also express concern that the symptoms of their illness might cause those around them distress or anxiety.
But ignoring diabetes and subsequent peripheral neuropathy only exacerbates these problems. What’s more, patients dealing with these diseases report poorer quality of life than their diabetic counterparts, who don’t face these added complications. Researchers have also found that those suffering from chronic neuropathy communicate lower degrees of acceptance of illness. They also rate their overall health as much lower than their peers.
Improving Functional Status and Quality of Life
Exacerbating problems associated with diabetes in the elderly population are accelerated loss of muscle mass, reduced strength, and poor muscle quality. What’s more, diabetes accelerates aging and contributes to the development of frailty syndrome. But there’s hope for these patients, and it starts with education and early intervention.
Even diabetic patients with severe functional decline and frailty may see physical improvements when they use the NeuropaCalm Care Plan as indicated. Healthy changes to diet and increased resistance training can help, too. As an independent pharmacist or convenient care clinician, you stand at the forefront when addressing quality of life issues with patients and their caretakers.
By raising awareness among your patients about diabetic peripheral neuropathy, its symptoms, and therapeutic interventions, you can change lives for the better. You’ll also ramp up your facility’s return on investment (ROI) while helping your customers remain healthier and happier longer. Find out more about offering personalized, holistic NeuropaCalm Care Program to your patients.