Diabetes Care for the Elderly
The risk of developing Type II diabetes is highest for adults in the 60-74 age range. Additionally, patients who have experienced raised levels of blood glucose for a number of years will most likely face an array of health complications.
Effective treatment of diabetes in elderly patients is extremely important as their mortality rate is far greater in comparison to non-diabetics in the same age bracket. The unstable levels of blood sugar also cause a faster development of other geriatric conditions including pain, falls, depression, anxiety, cognitive problems, and urinary incontinence. In addition, the advanced age of the elderly can create hurdles in treatment procedures. Drug interaction, hypoglycemic attacks, and low blood pressure are all causes for concern.
There are ways to monitor blood sugar levels and support the body nutritionally that can have a positive effect on the diabetic patient.
Weight Watching – If possible, start nutritional therapy designed to combat body weight and obesity. Many overweight patients will benefit from a calorie-conscious nutrition plan and the loss of weight can help plateau blood sugar levels. Any diet should be designed to meet the nutritional needs of each patient individually.
Vitamin and Mineral Boost – Many seniors are at risk for nutritional deficiencies and diabetics have an even greater risk. Dietary supplements are easily obtained and can fill in nutritional gaps left by diet. Any vitamin or mineral supplement should be taken in addition to a balanced nutrition plan and should not be used as the sole source of obtaining any vitamin or mineral. Common nutritional deficiencies among the elderly include folic acid, calcium, zinc, magnesium, Vitamin B1, Vitamin B12, Vitamin C, and Vitamin D. All of these common deficiencies have supplements readily available on the market.
Reducing Carbohydrates – Refined carbohydrates should be eliminated from diets, as well as complex carbs and whole grains. Fruits and vegetables should also be consumed regularly for adequate vitamins and minerals. Additionally, it is recommended to increase fiber intake and to drink plenty of water, which will help keep the body’s systems functioning and regular, as well as ensuring the body stays hydrated.
Blood Glucose Level Monitoring – There are a wide variety of blood glucose monitoring systems available. Many include easy-to-read digital displays, fast results, and require minimal amounts of blood for testing. There are also a wide variety of lancets on the market. Some are designed for use with specific blood glucose meter systems, ensuring highly accurate results. It is worth mentioning, that many blood glucose meters have gone through redesign over the years and are highly user friendly.
Diabetic Support Products – In addition to damage of the body’s internal systems, diabetes can cause external conditions as well including a variety of foot problems and skin conditions. For every ailment caused by diabetes, there are a number of products to help treat them. Specially formulated lotions for skin conditions and foot problems, TED stockings for vascular conditions and edema, and insulin transportation coolers are a few of the specialized items that can assist the elderly in diabetic treatments. There are even diabetic journals available to help independent seniors keep track of their daily routines.
Many products for elderly diabetic care are available through our website, where ordering is quick and simple. Orders can also be placed by calling 1-888-687-4334 and speaking with one of our professional Medical Supply Specialists.