Diabetes in Older Adults: What You Need to Know

Diabetes is a serious health issue that affects many older adults. Diabetes happens when blood sugar is too high, which may be because of a lack of insulin production in the body, the body may misuse insulin, or it may be both. Glucose from food stays in the bloodstream, leading to high blood sugar. This can cause symptoms such as weight loss, blurred vision, frequent urination, fatigue, and extreme hunger and thirst.

Type 2 diabetes is more likely to develop in those over age 45, smokers, those with a sedentary lifestyle, and those that are overweight. It is also more likely to develop in those that have a family history of diabetes. It is important for aging adults and seniors to have a healthy diet and exercise routine to maintain a healthy weight and blood sugar level.

Treatment Options for Type 2 Diabetes

If diagnosed with diabetes, the disease can be managed with lifestyle changes, medication, and the help of a good doctor. Anyone who is diagnosed with diabetes is given a healthy eating plan and is monitored by their doctor. The patient’s blood sugar, weight, blood pressure, and cholesterol are also checked regularly and closely monitored.

Medication options are also available to those with Type 2 diabetes if they are unable to maintain a healthy blood sugar level even with lifestyle changes. These medications include oral medicines, insulin, and other injectable medicines.

Diabetes Care at a Senior Living Community

Seniors with diabetes may need additional care that is available on a 24/7 basis. Skilled nursing community teams are dedicated to providing the proper care and treatment for residents with all kinds of healthcare conditions, including diabetes. At Richmond Health Care Center, we assist our residents with activities of daily living, medication management, nutrition, and more! Contact us today to learn more about our community.

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