According to the American Diabetes Association, 25% of people who have diabetes are over the age of 60. While 60 years old is certainly not elderly, the aging process may affect how someone checks for diabetic symptoms. Symptoms of younger people newly diagnosed with diabetes and those who are older who are recently diagnosed will present with different symptoms. This can be a drawback for those looking for the symptoms of younger people that are well-known, like often urination, thirst, blurry vision, fatigue, tingling or numbness in the extremities, etc.
Because of how the aging process often changes how our bodies function, there may be some of these classic symptoms that are covered up by conditions the elderly (and not so elderly) may have. For example, if someone has poor eyesight, blurry vision won’t be noticed. For someone who has incontinence due to Parkinson’s or an enlarged prostate, it will be very difficult to tell if someone needs to urinate often.
With the symptoms not being as obvious, catching diabetes early on is still helpful in avoiding the complications of the condition. Having home care nurses who are available to monitor possible scenarios and symptoms to check for diabetes and other red flags will help to keep your loved one as healthy as possible and improve their quality of living.
Contact us at Sphinx Home Health Care to schedule home care nurses to come to your Sterling Heights, MI home. We offer complete diabetes nursing care plans and diabetic care services that include wound care and assistance with testing and monitoring blood sugar levels.