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Diabetes Prevention Tips for Older Adults

November 10, 2017 | Blog

Senior Diabetes ManagementType 2 Diabetes is an inability of the human body to process sugar properly. It is preventable and treatable, yet exists in almost epidemic levels in the United States. Though scary at any age, diabetes can be especially problematic for seniors and can result in serious diabetes complications, especially when other health problems may be of concern. At Spring Hills, our assisted living and home care caregivers urge you and your loved one to maintain education on the disease and follow these guidelines on preventing and maintaining diabetes.

What to Know About Diabetes in Seniors

Diabetes is especially dangerous for seniors as it can make them more susceptible to developing conditions that damage organs of the body and can make it more difficult for them to heal from injury. There are often no obvious signs that Type 2 Diabetes is developing but initially, someone might experience more thirst and urinate more frequently. When someone has Type 2 Diabetes, they will often experience:

If uncontrolled, Type 2 Diabetes can result in serious complications for your elderly loved one:

Guidelines for Preventing Diabetes in the Elderly

You or your loved one may be at increased risk of developing Type 2 Diabetes if any of the following apply:

If your loved one is at risk of developing Type 2 Diabetes or already suffers from Type 2 Diabetes, you should do the following:

Managing Diabetes in the Elderly with Spring Hills

Spring Hills caregivers are happy to assist you and your loved one with diabetes prevention and diabetes management, whether your loved one is one of the residents in our assisted living facility or a home care patient. The assisted living diet plans at Spring Hills contain all the necessary nutrition, and we have many opportunities for exercise and physical recreation, whether it’s through chair exercises, Tai Chi classes or taking power walks through our beautiful grounds.

Contact us today and find out how you can help your loved one prevent or maintain diabetes.

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