Diabetes in the Elderly

  • 5 Common Complications from Diabetes

    Even when blood sugar levels are properly managed, individuals with diabetes can develop serious health concerns. Learn the signs and symptoms to watch out for.

  • Pre-Diabetes: What You Need to Know

    Pre-diabetes indicates blood glucose levels that are higher than normal but not high enough to be called diabetes. Anyone diagnosed as pre-diabetic is more likely to develop type 2 diabetes, heart disease, and stroke.

  • Testing for Diabetes and Treating It

    Does your parent have diabetes? Explore the testing procedures used to diagnose diabetes and the best methods for controlling blood sugar levels once diagnosed.

  • Who Gets Diabetes? Top 10 Risk Factors

    Certain risk factors can increase the chances that a person will get diabetes. Some risk factors can be eliminated, while others cannot.

  • Type 2 Diabetes: Kidney Complications

    Diabetes is the number one cause of chronic kidney (or renal) failure in the U.S.

  • An Overview of Diabetes

    When a person has diabetes, the body does not produce or use insulin properly. It is important to monitor diabetes in the elderly as the condition is associated with blindness, major health problems and may even result in death.

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  • What Is Vascular Dementia?

    Vascular dementia is the second most common cause of dementia after Alzheimer’s. It is caused by brain damage from a cerebrovascular or cardiovascular event—usually stroke—and results in various symptoms depending on the area of the brain affected.

  • Confusing Food Labels Make Managing Blood Glucose a Challenge

    86 million Americans have pre-diabetes, and 90 percent of us don't even know it. It's an epidemic, and food labels don't help.

  • Chronic Health Conditions and the Flu: A Deadly Combination

    For elderly people, influenza can lead to serious complications like pneumonia, exacerbate existing chronic medical conditions and even cause death. Vaccinations are a senior’s best defense against the flu and related complications.

  • Fingernails: 5 Signs That Point to Senior Health Problems

    The condition of a senior’s fingernails can indicate the presence of medical issues like heart disease, thyroid issues and malnutrition, which can be especially serious in elderly individuals.

  • The 4 Most Common Age-Related Eye Diseases

    Glaucoma, cataracts, macular degeneration and diabetic retinopathy are the four most common eye conditions among people over age 65. Learn about symptoms and preventive measures you can take to help preserve your vision.

  • Testing Blood Glucose Levels

    Testing blood sugar, or blood glucose level, helps manage diabetes and reduce the risk of having long-term complications.

  • Diagnosing and Treating Bed Wetting in the Elderly

    Nocturnal enuresis (the medical term for bed wetting) can be an embarrassing and messy issue for older adults, but there are several techniques and treatments that can be used to help remedy nighttime incontinence.

  • 10 Warning Signs of Kidney Disease

    Early symptoms of kidney disease are subtle and can go unnoticed for many years. Delays in medical treatment could be fatal, so it’s important to catch the signs early to prevent permanent kidney damage.

  • Obstructive Sleep Apnea: When Snoring Becomes a Serious Health Concern

    Snoring is annoying, but it can also indicate a dangerous underlying problem: obstructive sleep apnea. More common among older adults, sleep apnea is associated with serious health risks like chronic fatigue, heart disease, diabetes and stroke.

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  • How to Buy A Blood Glucose Self-Test Kit

    Self-monitoring blood glucose (SMBG testing) enables diabetics and their caregivers to effectively manage and treat diabetes.

  • An Overview of Diabetic Neuropathy

    Nerve damage is a serious condition that is associated with diabetes and can lead many health problems.

  • Millions of Americans Have This Dangerous Disease, But Don’t Know It

    Pre diabetes affects the health of millions of unsuspecting Americans. Learn how high blood sugar can harm the body, and how to reverse pre diabetes.

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  • 7 Exercise Tips for Diabetics

    An exercise regimen can help a diabetic lose weight, and also plays an important role in helping the body manage blood sugar levels. Here are seven things diabetics can do to stay safe while exercising.

  • Diabetes Puts Elderly at Greater Risk for Alzheimer's and Dementia

    Connection discovered between dementia risk and diabetes. As many as one-quarter of Americans over the age of 60 could have a significantly increased risk for Alzheimer's and other types of dementia.

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