By Martie Cruz
Did you know that more than 25 percent of adults 65 and older have diabetes? It's also estimated that more than 20 million older adults have pre-diabetes, meaning they're at high risk for developing the disease.
In most cases, type 2 diabetes (the kind that most people who were not born with diabetes have), can be treated with some combination of diet and exercise and insulin injections and/or medication. Of course, that's easier said than done. When it comes to real life, helping an older person manage their care can feel like a puzzle bought at a rummage sale: you're never sure how and if all the pieces will come together.
There are some guidelines that can help, however. This list, from the National Institute on Aging (NIA), offers some tips on how people with diabetes can stay healthy:
Also, they remind us that it's crucial that people living with diabetes have at least three days' worth of supplies on hand for testing and treating their diabetes in case of an emergency.
At Home Instead Senior Care, many of our professional CAREGivers are trained in diabetes care. Please contact us to find out how we can help you or an older adult in your life manage diabetes.
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