The Center for Disease Control(CDC) reports that there are over 30 million Americans living with diabetes. Many diseases and conditions like diabetes may have overlapping symptoms that could be difficult for a diagnosis. With that being said, individuals need to evaluate their symptoms in order to help their medical professional make an informed diagnosis.
There are two types of diabetes: Type 1 and Type 2. Here are 6 things to consider if there is a concern about Type 1 and Type 2 diabetes:
1. Frequent Urination
When someone has diabetes, the kidneys have to work extra hard to filter the glucose out of the body. Because of this, seniors experience frequent urination. Unfortunately, the downside to the frequent bathroom breaks is for seniors to feel the need to drink more frequently.
2. Uncontrollable Hunger
For seniors with type 1 or type 2 diabetes, the uncontrollable feeling of hunger can strike at any moment. The GI system of a diabetic patient is very delicate and needs to be treated with care. When the hunger is unbearable, seniors should choose healthy snacks that will help stabilize the blood sugar.
3. Dry And Itchy Skin
Frequent trips the bathroom can cause damage on the body especially on the skin. The skin could become dry and itchy due to the lack of hydration. In addition to itching, the skin can become a breeding ground for yeast or fungal infections.
Staying up late to watch an exciting buzzer-beater or binging favorite shows on Netflix can make it hard to stay awake during the day. However, seniors with diabetes struggle with fatigue and lack of energy anytime of the day. Diabetes hinders the body’s ability to produce enough insulin for cells to function properly which can cause fatigue.
5. Vision Impairment
Vision has a tendency to get weaker by age. While some people may compensate for their decrease in visual clarity, seniors with diabetes can experience blurry vision that could make seeing more difficult. An increased level of glucose depletes fluid from tissues in the eye. The lack of the fluid impairs the eye to maintain focus which in turn causes blurry vision.
6. Delayed Healing Process
Higher levels of glucose in the body or instability of blood sugar can make it more difficult for cuts or bruises to heal in a diabetic senior. When cuts or bruises do not heal properly, it can lead to infection or the development of other medical conditions.
Last update on 2017-09-25 / Affiliate links / Images from Amazon Product Advertising API