Welcome to MedGear, where our goal is to educate you on common diseases and other conditions! Because Diabetes is becoming so prominent in the senior population, we took a moment to educate you on the facts, causes, and treatment of the disease.
All About Diabetes:
There are two types of diabetes that affect our population: Type 1 and Type 2. Type 1 is a rare form that typically develops in children. The pancreas is unable to produce insulin, which transforms sugar in to energy. Those affected by Type 1 diabetes will have to control their insulin levels independently by testing their blood sugar and administering insulin throughout the day.
Type 2 diabetes is a much more common disease. In this form of diabetes, the body can produce insulin but is unable to use it effectively. Having too much glucose in the blood can cause serious complications such as nerve damage and damage to the eyes, heart, and kidneys. These issues could lead to heart attack or stroke. Other complications include extreme dehydration and painful sores on the feet.
Fortunately, your doctor can help you come up with a plan to manage Type 2 diabetes:
- First of all, eat a healthy well-balanced diet. It’s important to eat a variety of foods, to eat appropriate portions, and not to eat too much of one specific food. It is also important to eat regularly without skipping meals. Senior home care can be a great option for those affected with diabetes. A caretaker can help prepare proper meals and keep seniors out of harm’s way.
- Second of all, stay active to help your body regulate glucose more efficiently. Weight loss is another factor in keeping your glucose levels where they should be. Even a couple of pounds can make a big difference.
- When lifestyle adjustments aren’t enough to manage diabetes, your doctor may prescribe medication. You could either take pills and insulin or insulin by itself. If you follow the proper precautions and take care of yourself, you can avoid the need for medication.
So how do you know if you are at risk?
Did you know that Type 2 diabetes is rapidly growing in the senior population? The following factors will put you at a higher risk: being over the age of 45, having Type 2 diabetes in the family, lack of exercise, obesity.
Get tested regularly to catch diabetes in its early stages. You should also be on the lookout for the following symptoms:
- Weight fluctuation
- Excessive thirst and frequent urination
- Blurry vision
- Slow-healing infections
- Sores on the feet
Although diabetes is a common issue in adults, complications can be prevented with a lifestyle change and some help from a doctor. Always be on the lookout for signs and continue healthy living! Click here for more information.