December being American Diabetes Month reminds us of the prevalence of this disease, especially among seniors.
Caregivers should be on the lookout for symptoms.
Increased hunger (especially after eating)
Frequent urination or urine infections
Unexplained weight loss (even though you are eating and feel hungry)
Fatigue (weak, tired feeling)
“Although people can develop diabetes at any age, the risk increases as you get older. In the United States, more than 25 percent of people over 60 have this serious health condition. With diabetes, your blood sugar — the amount of sugar, or glucose, in your blood — is too high, which can eventually lead to complications such as damage to the eyes, nerves, and kidneys, as well as heart disease or stroke. Early signs of diabetes include feelings of extreme hunger or thirst, fatigue, and a frequent need to urinate, as well as blurry eyesight. If you experience any of these symptoms, call your doctor. Even if these warning signs don’t apply to you, regular check-ups are still a good idea, as some people with diabetes don’t notice any symptoms at all.”