3 Signs of Senior Diabetes and What To Do Next
Diabetes is a serious disease that can lead to other health problems if left untreated. Millions of seniors suffer from diabetes, though it often goes undetected. It’s important to recognize the signs and symptoms of senior diabetes so that further health complications do not arise in the kidneys, brain, or heart.
Fortunately, diabetes can be managed so that quality of life is not compromised and diabetes-related health problems are prevented. Learn how to identify three of the major senior diabetes signs so that your loved one can live well.
1. Excessive Hunger and Thirst
Diabetes is a metabolic disorder that impedes the use of glucose in the body. Insulin is a hormone that regulates this process. A diabetic’s body either produces too much or too little insulin so that glucose builds up in the blood and is then lost through urine. This deprives the body of necessary fuel derived from glucose.
There are two types of Diabetes. Type 1 Diabetes occurs when the immune system attacks cells that produce insulin. Type 2 Diabetes is more common for elderly adults and occurs when an excess of insulin causes blood sugar levels to rise.
If the senior you are caring for seems to be very hungry or thirsty all the time, this may be a sign of Type 1 or 2 Diabetes. You will want to monitor them for other symptoms.
2. Chronic Fatigue
Another common senior diabetes sign is chronic fatigue. This may be more difficult to recognize, as energy levels naturally decrease, but look for unusual levels of tiredness. Are they always saying they feel “very tired”? If so, you may want to get their blood sugar levels tested through a blood or urine test.
3. Wounds That Won’t Heal
People with diabetes may have poor circulation. This causes their blood to move slowly, making it harder for the body to deliver nutrients to wounds. Consequently, injuries heal more slowly than normal or do not heal at all.
If you notice the senior you are caring for has wounds that won’t heal, this may be an indication of diabetes that has gone undetected. Left untreated, it puts them at high risk for other health problems such as heart disease, kidney damage, or loss of hearing and vision.
Managing Senior Diabetes
Fortunately, there are helpful ways to reduce the impact of diabetes in your senior’s life. You can help manage their diabetes by implementing healthier eating and weight loss by encouraging them to remain active. Reducing the amount of sugar they eat while helping them lose weight through activity can help normalize glucose levels.
It’s also important to make sure they keep all health care appointments and take their prescribed medication. You may need to set reminder notifications and check that they are following through.
If your loved one is unable to manage medications on their own, providing the necessary help on a regular basis can be challenging. If you or your loved one needs extra support, our team of well-trained and caring professionals at Solterra Senior Living is committed to maximizing the quality of life for our residents, no matter what level of care is needed. Contact us today to learn how your loved one can focus on wellness while still maintaining their independence.