As you get older, you may become set in your routine and become unaware of the new ways you can care for your diabetes. A recent study has found that if the proper resources are provided, older adults can benefit greatly from being taught about advances in their diabetes care.
TYPE 2 DIABETES AND THE ELDERLY
Type 2 diabetes can be harder to control as you age. This may be due to:
- decreased income to pay for food or medicine.
- decreased strength to stay active every day.
- decreased access to healthcare providers due to not being able to drive to appointments or lack of insurance coverage.
If older adults are unable to take the needed actions to control their diabetes, they may get diabetes-related health problems such as
- nerve damage
- vision problems
- amputations of limbs.
These health problems can further decrease quality of life and cause more diabetes-related health problems.
A group of adults between the ages of 60 and 91 years of age were taught about nutrition, exercise, and diabetes care. Each month, these men were assessed for their view on diabetes, self-management, and social support.
WHAT DOES THIS STUDY MEAN FOR ME?
If you are an older adult living with diabetes, you may benefit from programs that can teach you more about your diabetes and how to control it. Contact your healthcare provider to learn about diabetes care programs in your area.
By Staci Gulbin, MS, MEd, RD, LDN