Care requirements may be unique for older individuals with type 1 diabetes or type 2 diabetes

Many people who are part of the baby boomer generation will turn 65 this year, which means that more of the U.S. population will be coping with age-related health conditions. Although type 1 diabetes or type 2 diabetes may be diagnosed at any time in life, the risk of developing the latter increases with age.

According to a recent article published in the Press & Guide, more than 11 million Americans over the age of 60 have type 1 diabetes or type 2 diabetes, which accounts for about 27 percent of this age group. However, only 4 percent of people between the ages of 20 and 44 have been diagnosed with one of these diseases.

Some individuals, especially seniors who live alone, may not be properly diagnosed with diabetes if they do not make regular trips to their physician or recognize the signs of diabetes onset. These include thirst, frequent urination, hunger, fatigue, weight loss, persistent sores, dry skin, blurry eyesight and decreased sensation in the feet. It may be easy to mistake some of these symptoms for typical conditions associated with old age.

The newspaper noted that seniors who are living with type 1 diabetes or type 2 diabetes may seek financial assistance from Medicare, which may help them afford diabetes-related supplies prescribed by a physician, such as a blood sugar monitor, as well as exams, self-management training and medical nutrition therapy services.

Freda Binder, an 80-year-old Louisiana resident, told the Daily Comet that she had followed a diabetic diet for years in order to control her weight and blood glucose levels. However, when she started rapidly shedding pounds, her physician informed her that she would have to forgo her structured food routine to help prevent further health complications.

Elderly individuals who have type 1 diabetes or type 2 diabetes may benefit from a meal-delivery program that provides prepared food to ensure that they eat enough, while also making sure that they are not consuming items that may cause unsafe changes in blood sugar levels just because they are easily accessible.