The Importance of Managing Diabetes in Old Age

2013-05-16 | |
Last updated: 2014-11-25

With average life expectancies on the rise and poor diets and lifestyle choices becoming more commonplace, both Type 1 and Type 2 Diabetes are on the rise. Type 1 Diabetes is thought to be caused by problems with the immune system while Type 2 Diabetes is frequently a result of lifestyle. Amongst the elderly community, Diabetes can be a real health risk. Because of this, effective treatment and management is very important.

Research by The American Diabetes Association shows that Type 2 Diabetes represents roughly 90% of all cases of Diabetes and is believed to affect up to 20% of people over 65 in the US. Because it is so common, it is vital that older adults know how to manage their condition and live the most healthy lifestyle possible.

Unfortunately though, this is not as easy as one might think at first.

According to, there are a number of differences in diagnosing the illness amongst the elderly as opposed to younger people. Many of those who develop the disease in old age will not show the classic symptoms, making the disease harder to spot.

Maintaining Tight Blood Sugar Levels To Manage Diabetes

Effective management of Type 2 Diabetes in old age requires careful consideration. Those with the condition need to be aware of the effects of age, and how changes in their health can affect the disease and treatment methods. Tight control of blood sugar levels is a treatment method that works well for many suffers, but can unfortunately be ineffective in other people. For the elderly though, Type 2 Diabetes is often undertreated making blood sugar control a more effective approach.

While treatment and management of Diabetes is more difficult the older we get, it is possible to maintain a good quality of health through our later years. By following an age-specific Diabetes management plan, individuals can have an easier time in controlling their illness.

Avoiding Diabetes Complications By Being Physically Active

The first and perhaps most important step in managing elderly Diabetes is staying fit and active. While the first thought to come to mind is that we might not be able to slug it out in the gym for hours like we did in our 20’s, there are certain exercises that each of us can do.

Certainly, vigorous exercise can be dangerous for older people, so a better choice is to go for a long walk instead. This not only burns calories and stored fat, but can improve mobility and get the blood pumping. One of the main causes of Type 2 Diabetes is being overweight and by getting active, people with the illness can better manage the illness. That said, elderly people should consult their doctor before taking on any exercise program.

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Category: Disease Prevention, General Health, Health Risks

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