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Diabetes in the Elderly: When to Seek Help

Early detection and treatment of diabetes can decrease the risk of developing the complications of diabetes.

Diabetes in the Elderly:  When to Seek HelpWith staggering numbers, diabetes affects over 30 million Americans and within that vast figure, 12 million seniors have the condition. Diabetes is an exorbitant disease, costing approximately 245 billion dollars per year. In addition, it is the 7th leading cause of death in the United States, and it can wreak havoc on one’s health, including the progression of comorbid conditions.

Type I Diabetes Complications Include:
• Low blood sugar
• High blood pressure
• High cholesterol
• Cardiovascular risk factors
• Stroke risks
• Eye disease and conditions
• Kidney disorders

Type II Diabetes Complications Include:
• Heart Disease
• Vascular disease
• Neuropathy
• Kidney disease
• Skin Conditions
• Stroke
• Vision loss and disorders
• Amputations
• Non-Healing ulcers
• Alzheimer’s and Dementia

Seniors and Diabetes
For the elderly, it is recommended that they keep their A1C levels under 6.5, and while this is a little less than younger individuals, it’s meant to keep their weight in check, keep them healthy and to better equip them to fight off disease, infections, and comorbidities that are so common with diabetes, such as cognitive decline, vision loss and heart disease.

Common Symptoms of Diabetes:
• Urinating often
• Extreme thirst
• Unsatiety/always hungry
• Carbohydrate and sugar cravings
• Extreme fatigue
• Blurry vision
• Wounds that are slow to heal
• Weight loss
• Weight gain
• Tingling
• Pain
• Numbness

How Can Home Health Assist with Diabetic Care?
Lake Centre Home Care is a skilled home health agency that provides nursing, physical, occupational, and speech therapy; along with home health aides and medical social services. Lake Centre Home Care offers comprehensive patient care including physical therapy.

For patients that have diabetes, Lake Centre Home Care is well-trained in educating patients about their risks and protocols they need to keep their blood glucose levels low. They also monitor patient’s needs including vitals, weight management, medication management, physical therapy, wound care, home safety, and so much more.

If a patient needs wound care, they can assist with the dressings and compression instructions. They can also help facilitate additional wound care visits if necessary. If a patient has vision loss, they will give valid medical recommendations for either home assistance technology, or personal guides to help the patient navigate through their disorder. In the incidence of stroke due to diabetic conditions, Lake Centre Home Care can provide physical and occupational therapy along with many other essential methods of control and treatment.

How to Prevent Diabetes
Type II diabetes can also affect all ages, maintaining a healthy weight, exercising and eating the right foods can significantly reduce or stave off this type of disorder. If your diabetes is advanced, getting the appropriate medication and dosing is crucial for reaching and sustaining a healthy lifestyle.

Lake Centre Home Care accepts Medicare Assignment and private insurance with pre-authorization.

To schedule a private tour or to find out more, please call Lake Centre Home Care today.

Lake Centre Home Care
310 Market St., Leesburg, FL 34748
(352) 315-0050
HHA# 299992424

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