Around 25 percent of those 65 and older have diabetes, the CDC says. This means that it is likely that someone we know is trying to manage this chronic and serious disease. People get diabetes when their blood glucose, also called blood sugar, is too high. Often people are unaware they have diabetes. Type 2 diabetes, which represents a majority of the cases, is often asymptomatic for many years before initial telltale signs of the disease emerge. While the exact cause of diabetes is unknown, it is thought to be a combination of genetic and environmental factors. Diet also appears to be a major factor.

Diabetes can lead to neuropathy, or nerve damage, that can eventually impact the patient’s ability to walk safely or dress themselves. Vision can also be impacted as the disease progresses, and wound care may become an issue for some.

The goal is to control glucose levels and to help prevent complications of the disease process. The keys to treatment for type 2 diabetes are exercise, diet, and possibly medication.

By utilizing home care services through Serving Seniors, there can be early detection of a diabetic person’s decline or complications, a reduction in the need for ER or urgent care visits, and greater adherence to the treatment plan created by the medical professional.
The best approach to maintaining health is a team approach, with Serving Seniors staff being on your team.