The Elderly and Managing Diabetes
Taking care of someone that is elderly is always a job, but when they are diabetic, there is much more that needs to be done and things to understand. It is possible that someone may not be diagnosed with diabetes at an early age, but as they get older, such as in their 60’s, it is possible for them to be diagnosed at that time.
This can make things harder to manage as the body is older and the treatment will need to be regulated on a harsher degree. Of course for someone that is caring for an elderly patient, they are going to need to learn an entire new set of rules to follow.
There are many risks that are associated with diabetes and the treatments for elderly patients. Doctors will take the time to access the situation before they begin a treatment plan. One of the complications in the elderly from diabetes is macrovascular disease. The rate of this is much higher than microvascular disease. In order to try to avoid either of these diseases, or to keep them under control if they are already present, a healthy diet and medication needs to be taken so that further complications do not arise.
Managing the glucose levels is also a vital part of diabetes. However tight glucose control could possibly lead to hypoglycemia in elderly patients, so the doctor will go through many steps before they decide to go in this direction. The purpose of tight glucose control is to provide quality of life, longevity, and to reduce the amount of time that patients are in bed, as well as improve cognitive functions and have more active days. Although this process does work for many elderly, it does not work for all.
The older we get, the more risks are involved for diabetes patients. These include hypertension and hyperlipidemia. To improve the quality of life, there are things that should be avoided such as smoking, keeping the blood pressure under control, changes in lifestyle – such as losing weight and becoming active, and eating a healthy diet, along with getting the right amount of sleep. Trying to make these changes in the life of someone that has just been diagnosed with diabetes, and who is elderly, can take a little work and a lot of talking. It can be hard to change the way that someone has been living their entire life.
Keeping in touch with the doctor and getting the patient on a schedule are some of the most important things that you can do. For the patient themselves, it is difficult at first to accept that they may need to make some changes in their lives because of diabetes when they are already facing the fact that they are getting up there in years. However, with the right plan and a doctor that understands the situation, the changes that need to be made can be done with just a little effort and the understanding that it needs to be done.