Many aging adults develop diabetes later in life. This can happen due to diet or due to other health issues that take their toll on the body. If your senior is dealing with a new diabetes diagnosis, she may want to keep an eye on some of these potential issues.
Vision and Hearing Problems
Regular eye exams are vital for people with diabetes. Blood sugar changes can affect how well your elderly family member's eyes work and even the pressure in her eyes themselves. Hearing issues are also common because blood sugar changes can damage the small blood vessels in her ears, creating hearing loss. Regular hearing tests are possible with your senior's doctor, but you might want her to have a screening with an audiologist.
Diabetes can bring with it nerve damage and even poor circulation issues. What this means for your elderly family member's feet is that they are more susceptible to wounds that don't heal. The other problem is that due to nerve damage, your elderly family member may not even realize that there are wounds on her feet. It's really important to regularly examine your senior's feet and to ensure that wounds are healing properly.
High blood pressure and other circulation problems can become worse when your elderly family member has diabetes. Blood pressure building up can create a risk for stroke, as well. It's important that your elderly family member has any circulatory issues checked by her doctor, especially if she's experiencing cold extremities or other signs of circulatory problems.
Excess sugar in the body gets filtered through your senior's kidneys. One of the side effects of high blood sugar includes increased thirst, which then can lead to increased urination. This can overwhelm your elderly family member's kidneys to the point that they experience serious damage.
Blood Sugar Fluctuations
Until your elderly family member's blood sugar is properly managed, she may experience periods of extreme highs and extreme lows. Both ends of the spectrum can be dangerous for her and can cause damage to her body. It's important that you, your elderly family member, and her doctor have a plan for dealing with highs and lows.
Keeping up with all of these issues can be difficult for you to do alone. Hiring home care providers can help you to delegate some tasks to while you deal with other issues, such as making sure that your senior's blood sugar is within healthy limits. Talk with your senior's doctor about the right blood sugar readings for her.
If you or an aging loved one is considering home care in Tempe, AZ, please contact the caring staff at SYNERGY HomeCare today: 480-377-6770.