Diabetes and DVT question

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   Posted 3/30/2009 11:48 AM (GMT -7)   
Hello Everyone,
I usually post regularly to the prostate cancer forum on behalf of my husband who is a healthy Pca survivor. However, today I have a quick diabetes question which I was hoping someone may be able to assist me with.
My father is 75 years old and after a few years of being a pre-diabetic, he has now been on medication for 1 year and is classified as having diabetes. He is travelling overseas next week (from here in Australia),  on several long flights. Currently, he is well controlled on 4 tabs of 500mg diabex each night, and a low GI diet. I have suggested to my mother recently that he now wear TED (stretch - toe to above knee) stockings on the flights to assist blood flow and prevent Deep Vein Thrombosis along with calf exercises on the plane (which he is well informed about). My question is.. Do you think dad is at more at risk of developing a DVT now that he is living with diabetes?  Or is my suggestion that he now wear TED stockings a little over-the-top and unnecessary? Overall, we expect he will have a good trip without problems,  but he is going on it alone,  without mum. I am sure you know the sort of stockings I am referring to,  but they may be called other names elsewhere. I did have a look at some back posts but could not see anything about this topic. Thanks for your opinions.
Good health and happiness to everyone. Kind regards, Lana wink

Lanie G
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   Posted 3/30/2009 1:09 PM (GMT -7)   
Hi Lana, I don't know if he would be more at risk because of diabetes or because of his age or maybe other health factors during a long flight.  Bless his heart for traveling now!  I know that those kind of stockings/hose are recommended in any case and as a matter of fact, I have a pair from some years ago before I was diagnosed.  You might ask his doctor for advice too but I don't think it's over-the-top or unnecessary as it's always better to err on the side of caution, right?  I hope he has a great trip! 
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   Posted 3/30/2009 5:45 PM (GMT -7)   
Hi Lana,
What's that saying?? "An ounce of prevention is worth a pound of cure"

I think they're a great idea. At the very least they will aid in the aftermath of the flight when he gets to take them off and be able to walk like he wasn't on a plane for 18 hours :-)

Hope he has a fantastic voyage!
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   Posted 3/31/2009 7:47 AM (GMT -7)   

The best to your father, and an enjoyable trip.

I am 53 and been diabetic for about 10 years. Knowing now what I do, I would definitely wear the TEDs myself on a long flight such as you are talking about. In fact, I'd probably wear them even if I didn't have diabetes, knowing the comfort they probably afford to those wearing them on such a long flight as you are talking about.

As far as your father, call his physician for advise, if you can/have time. For us to give any type of advise considered medical advise could land us in hot water since we aren't doctors and don't pretend to be. So, while I can tell you what I would do, I can't tell you what you should do for your father or what your father should do.
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   Posted 3/31/2009 5:49 PM (GMT -7)   

Thanks Lanie, Phish and Tony for your suggestions and kind words of reassurance. I tend to think that these stockings are pretty well standard precautions for most people too, so will do! Thanks Tony for some great suggestions - I will keep in closer contact with family doctor now as well when we have questions which come up here and there.

My father is quite a remarkable man so I will pass on your good wishes for his safe journey abroad. He has been actively persuing his life passion of researching aspects of history since his retirement,  and two books have been written and published by others as a result of his personal research. This trip is somehow related to a 3rd book I deeply suspect!  He doesn't actually write the books, but without his passion for enquiry, knowledge and fact-finding, others wouldn't be able to write them either. Not bad for a man who left school at 14.   tongue cheers, Lana

Post Edited (creed_three) : 3/31/2009 6:52:52 PM (GMT-6)

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