When your senior is first diagnosed with diabetes, your first concern is likely to be her blood sugar. That's definitely something to worry about, but there are other problems that diabetes can bring to your elderly family member's life.
Kidney Problems Can Flare Up
When blood sugar levels are fluctuating or too high for too long, that affects your senior's kidneys. Many years of diabetes can mean that your senior's kidneys need a little extra attention. Her doctor may want to monitor her kidney function before the situation becomes too involved.
Check Cholesterol Levels
Cholesterol is an important metric for everyone to check regularly, but it's also important for someone with diabetes. Your senior has enough going on with her blood sugar levels, which can lead to heart disease. If her cholesterol is not within acceptable ranges, this increases her risk of heart disease.
Check Her Skin and Extremities
The skin is the largest organ in the human body and it's in danger when your senior has diabetes. Nerves get damaged, wounds take longer to heal, and extremities are most at risk. Help your senior to keep tabs on what's going on with her skin and especially with wounds on her feet. These are often difficult to spot and can lead to amputation in the worst cases.
Teeth and Gums Can Suffer
Ulcers, abscesses, and other sores in your senior's mouth are dangerous any time, but if she has diabetes then these are even more dangerous. The same factors that create wounds that don't heal well on your senior's skin apply to the wounds in her mouth. It's important to spot trouble before it becomes a massive problem.
Blood Pressure Can Rise
Circulatory issues can be a big problem for someone with diabetes, too. This can precede the heart problems that your senior's doctor has likely already warned about. One of the first signs can be rising blood pressure. Having your senior's blood pressure checked regularly can help you to spot when it might be starting to get higher than what is normal for your elderly family member.
Your senior's doctor can help you to put a plan together to keep track of all aspects of her health affected by diabetes. Once you have a plan, senior care providers can help you to stick with that plan and tweak it to best meet your elderly family member's day to day needs.
If you or an aging loved one are considering senior care in Arvada, CO, please contact the caring staff at SYNERGY HomeCare West Denver. Call today: (720) 263-6060.