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April 30, 2021

Myths about Diabetes and Seniors

Diabetes

Managing diabetes is challenging for aging adults, and the myths and misconceptions about the disease only make it more difficult. To alleviate the confusion, we’ve compiled some of those myths to prove that with proper support, management, and home care right here in Lafayette, LA, senior’s with diabetes can continue to live healthy, productive lives with minimal complications.

 

Myths

All seniors will develop diabetes.

While the incidences of diabetes in seniors are increasing, it does not mean that all seniors will develop the illness. Taking the proper precautions such as eating a healthy and well-balanced diet, exercising regularly, limiting alcohol, and abstaining from smoking can all help to reduce a senior’s risk for developing diabetes.

 

Diabetes is not a very serious illness.

When left untreated, diabetes can cause many medical complications. Problems with vision, circulation or cardiovascular issues, and infections are among the most common complications that can affect a senior’s quality of life if the proper medical attention is not obtained.


Overeating sugar is the cause of diabetes.

Even if a person has spent their entire life-limiting amount of sugar consumed, they can still develop diabetes. While the foods you eat, including sugar, can contribute to developing diabetes, they are not the primary cause. Other factors, such as being overweight or having high blood pressure, increase the likelihood of developing diabetes.

 

Diabetes in seniors reduces their life expectancy and quality of life.

With proper treatment and management, diabetes can be controlled and have a minimal negative impact on a senior’s ability to live at home safely and independently. Specific changes in diet and exercise and the use of insulin or other medications can be beneficial in managing diabetes in seniors.

 

Only a doctor can tell if my elderly relative needs to be tested for diabetes.

You may notice signs that point toward diabetes in an aging parent or loved one and help make sure that they receive medical treatment. Often, seniors do not recognize or report symptoms of diabetes, such as increased thirst and urination or blurred vision.

Diabetes can be complicated at any stage of life, but there are more complications as one age. The normal declining eyesight and memory lapses affect glucose measurement or medication administration, which can cause blood sugar levels to rise and fall in an unhealthy way.

If you have an aging parent or loved one living with diabetes and feel they could use extra assistance managing their diabetes, reach out to Home Instead in Lafayette. Our exceptional caregivers are trained to provide at-home diabetes care that includes the following:

  • Help planning diabetes-friendly meals
  • Cooking
  • Recognition of blood sugar emergencies
  • Social stimulation and companionship to maintain a healthy mood
  • Oral diabetes medication reminders
  • Prepare supplies and record blood glucose readings
  • Validate accurate insulin measurement and self-administration on schedule

Call Home Instead today to schedule a free no-obligation Care Consultation to help you decide the best senior care option for your family.