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What is diabetes like in older adults?

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Aging can affect how well you manage your diabetes. Some hurdles you may face include:

By making a plan with your health care team and listening closely to your changing body, you can continue to live a healthy life.

  • Lower mental energy and memory loss, which can make it harder to plan meals and remember to take medication
  • Changes in your body that keep medicine from working as well as it once did
  • Eyesight problems, which can cause you to make mistakes reading your blood sugar levels or taking the right dose of insulin
  • Medications you take for other problems interacting with your diabetes meds and affecting how well they work

SOURCES:

Chau, D. , 2001. Clinical Diabetes

American Diabetes Association: “Diabetes 101.”

American Diabetes Association: “Living Healthy With Diabetes.”

American Diabetes Association: “Peripheral Arterial Disease (PAD).”

Johns Hopkins Medicine: “Diabetes: What You Need to Know As You Age.”

American Geriatrics Society's Health in Aging Foundation: “Diabetes.”

The Fisher Center for Alzheimer's Research Foundation: “Low Blood Sugar May Trigger Dementia in Those With Diabetes.”

National Institute of Diabetes and Digestive and Kidney Diseases: “Tips for Older Adults With Diabetes.”

Cleveland Clinic: “Five Best Exercises for People With Diabetes.”

Reviewed by Michael Dansinger on February 18, 2018

SOURCES:

Chau, D. , 2001. Clinical Diabetes

American Diabetes Association: “Diabetes 101.”

American Diabetes Association: “Living Healthy With Diabetes.”

American Diabetes Association: “Peripheral Arterial Disease (PAD).”

Johns Hopkins Medicine: “Diabetes: What You Need to Know As You Age.”

American Geriatrics Society's Health in Aging Foundation: “Diabetes.”

The Fisher Center for Alzheimer's Research Foundation: “Low Blood Sugar May Trigger Dementia in Those With Diabetes.”

National Institute of Diabetes and Digestive and Kidney Diseases: “Tips for Older Adults With Diabetes.”

Cleveland Clinic: “Five Best Exercises for People With Diabetes.”

Reviewed by Michael Dansinger on February 18, 2018

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