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Seniors with Diabetes

When diabetes presents in the older population, there can be different criteria for diagnoses and treatment. There are many special considerations to take into account when caring for the senior with diabetes. Management of the disease can sometimes be challenging.

Diabetes Management Challenges For Seniors
Seniors face many additional challenges when diagnosed with diabetes. Not only is the risk for Type 2 diabetes more common as people get older, but physical, financial and medical issues are often compounded as people age. Not enough insurance coverage, co-existing medical problems, difficulties with transportation, lack of social support, being unable to be physically active, all these can come into play when elderly patients are diagnosed with diabetes.

Endocrine Changes in the Elderly
According to A.D.A.M. Healthcare Center, the normal or average fasting glucose level rises 6 to 14 mg/dL (milligrams per deciliter) for each 10 years after age 50. Older people should have blood drawn to check glucose levels and make sure they aren't in the early stages of diabetes, or high blood sugar.

Diabetic Diet
What is the best way to eat healthy and manage blood glucose levels? Make sure you get enough nutrients for good health and also count your carbohydrates.

Elder Care Resources
A list of resources for care of the aging population such as the Administration on Aging, U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) and others.

Diabetes in the Older Adult
What are some of the challenges of diagnosing and treating the older adult with diabetes? An older patient might have several co-existing conditions that can disguise the symptoms of diabetes and complicate the management of it.

Diabetes Information from the American Geriatric Society
The American Geriatric Society (AGS) says, "The key to staying healthy and independent for as long as possible is early diagnosis and proper management. You can take control of your diabetes and strongly reduce the chances of developing any complications."

Latest News On Diabetes and Seniors
Here's the latest news on diabetes and seniors from Senior Health Report, a leading authority on senior health on the web.

How Can You Help Educate About Diabetes?
The National Council of Women's Organizations (NCWO), a coalition of close to 200 women's groups, is rallying women across the U.S. to work on diabetes prevention. What can your women's group do to help?

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