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Symptoms of Diabetes in your Aging Parent

Home Health Care in Stamford CTAs a caregiver for your parent, you are on the frontlines. You see changes that may be taking place in their behavior and physical condition that even they may not be aware of. With the prevalence of diabetes and prediabetes in seniors, it’s important to be aware of the signs and symptoms. The sooner treatment begins, the better the outcome.

The Statistics

11.8 million seniors are thought to have diabetes. That is over a quarter of the population of those 65 and older. Almost all people develop prediabetes before developing type 2 diabetes. This stage has no clear symptoms and many people pass through it without even knowing it. One possible sign is darkened skin on the neck, armpits, elbows, knees and knuckles.

Not all people that have prediabetes will develop type 2 diabetes. According to the American Diabetes Association, people can lower their risk of developing type 2 diabetes by 58 percent by doing the following:

  • Lose 7 percent of their body weight.
  • Exercise for 30 minutes a day for 5 days a week.

Risk Factors

These risk factors put you at higher risk of developing diabetes. Prevention is always better than treating a disease. If any of these relate to your loved one, it may be time to suggest a change in their lifestyle.

  • Overweight and an excessive amount of fat in the abdominal area.
  • A diet high in red meat, soda, and processed and packaged foods.
  • Lack of exercise.
  • High blood pressure and high triglycerides (a fat in the bloodstream).

Symptoms to Look Out For

In order to prevent the long-term damage associated with diabetes, early diagnosis is imperative. Once physical damage has occurred, it is often irreversible. Symptoms to look for in your aging parent include:

  • Frequent urination – the average person has to go between four to seven times in a 24 hour period.
  • Increased thirst
  • Fatigue
  • Blurred vision
  • Dry Mouth
  • Itchy Skin

If they have had undiagnosed diabetes for some time, symptoms may progress. These include:

  • Yeast infections
  • Unexplained weight loss
  • Feel sick to their stomach
  • Numbness, pain or tingling in their hands or feet

The Next Step

If you have any concern about your loved one developing diabetes, make an appointment with their health care practitioner. Early diagnosis and treatment can keep your loved one from developing one or more of the many complications of diabetes which includes heart disease, stroke, kidney disease and eye disorders.

Home Care Provider

If your loved one needs assistance with the daily activities of life or support with lifestyle changes, consider obtaining the services of a home care provider. These professionals can prepare healthy meals and accompany your parent on daily walks, providing the companionship that helps people make necessary adjustments in order to live life to their full potential.

Resources
http://www.diabetes.org/diabetes-basics/statistics/?
http://www.diabetes.org/diabetes-basics/diagnosis/?
http://www.webmd.com/diabetes/guide/understanding-diabetes-symptoms#1

If you or an aging loved one are considering home health care in Norwalk, CT or the surrounding areas, please contact SYNERGY HomeCare of Stamford, CT at 203-661-6969.

Caleena Namdev, Owner, SYNERGY HomeCare Stamford

Caleena Namdev is the President and Owner of Synergy HomeCare in Stamford, Connecticut. She is a graduate of University of Connecticut. Caleena has been working with seniors for a long time - whether it was her volunteer work with the IRS, or her role at the prestigious trust and estate law firm in Darien. Providing guidance to seniors and family members so they can get the help they need, is a passion for Caleena.

"Hi - I am Caleena Namdev, President and Owner of Synergy HomeCare in Stamford, Connecticut. Our entire staff at SYNERGY HomeCare wishes to extend you our warmest welcome. We know that searching for personalized, high quality care for your loved one is difficult. Your loved ones deserve the highest level of care and support. At SYNERGY HomeCare, we strive to exceed the high standards that you have set for their care. Please call my office at (203) 661-6969 and speak to a member of my CareTEAM™.

When you call us, you will be speaking with Stamford's most reliable, professionally managed, non-medical homecare agency - an agency, you can depend on for the care of your loved ones, whether you live around town, or thousands of miles away. You will also be speaking with an agency, where the owners are directly involved in ensuring that your loved ones get the highest level of care. We are SWCCA approved and are able to work directly with your long term insurance provider and worker's compensation insurance provider."

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