Minimizing the Diabetes Threat To The Elderly

Diabetes is a huge threat to anyone suffering from its effects, and especially so to the elderly. Even to young people, diabetes can kill, so for senior citizens, blood sugar needs to be carefully managed to avoid a major impact upon life expectancy.

The first thing to look out for is signs of the presence of diabetes. Of course, this happens before a person even knows they are diabetic, so they won’t be routinely monitoring blood sugar, and often will not be familiar with even the most obvious symptoms.

Diabetes can affect vision, hearing and make you feel very tired very quickly. The body is unable to regulate the balance of the blood, so muscles and organs will not be supplied with what they need as carefully and efficiently as the body would usually manage.

Recognising any diabetes related symptoms should trigger an urgent visit to the doctor, as swift action can significantly reduce the level of intervention needed for the rest of your life.

Once diagnosed, diabetes will usually be a life long lifestyle change. It is usually managed best by being aware of what you eat. This helps the body to manage blood sugar, whilst at the same time preventing milder cases developing further into more extreme cases.

You may wish to make an appointment with a specialist diabetic nutritionist, as they will have specialist knowledge they can use to tailor meal plans to your specific needs.

Always have a glucose meter available to test your blood sugar. If your eye sight is poor, try to find one designed for the elderly with larger readings so there is less chance of making mistakes.

Staying fit is important. Just as diabetes tend to strike those who over eat and under exercise, the condition can worsen with poor fitness levels. Simple exercise routines can significantly improve your quality of life, and in some cases reduce the severity of symptoms (although monitoring blood sugar is still important). For older people, the workouts may be as simple as specifically designed chair exercises for seniors, so they can safely improve fitness and muscle strength gradually.

You doctor will be able to give you a plan for how often you need to be assessed to make sure your condition is being properly managed. Always ensure that you stick to the advice you are given, and if you notice any changes, no matter how subtle, let your doctor know. They may want to see you immediately, even if only to rule out complications.

Diabetes can seem like a huge blow to your health, and can be difficult to cope with. However, it can be managed into your daily life, and before long you’ll be dealing with the effects with little thought. Keeping on top of things is critical to your future, so be careful to follow guidance carefully, and get professional medical support wherever and whenever you need it.

Posted under Diabets Questions Answered, Symptoms Of Diabetes, Type 1 Diabetes Complications, Type 2 Diabetes Complications

This post was written by DCN_Assistant on August 30, 2012

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