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Does Your Elderly Loved One Show Signs of Diabetes?

By Jennifer Thompson, 9:00 am on

When caring for a senior family member, you may need to monitor him or her for certain illnesses and diseases like diabetes, and at Home Care Assistance of Nashville we understand that can be challenging, particularly if you don’t know what signs to look for. Here are some symptoms of diabetes.

Symptoms of Diabetes

It is important to understand the warning signs of diabetes. There are two main types of this disease and they are categorized as type 1 and type 2. Many of the symptoms are the same for both types, but each includes a few unique characteristics. Don’t try to self-diagnose, but do mention any of the following to a doctor.

Type 1
• Increased Urination
• Thirst
• Weight Loss
• Increased Hunger
• Exhaustion
• Blurred Vision

Type 2
• Thirst
• Hunger
• Dry Mouth
• Frequent Urination
• Weight Loss
• Fatigue
• Headaches
• Blurred Vision
• Loss of Consciousness

Diagnosis

There are three tests used to diagnose diabetes: fasting plasma glucose test, oral glucose tolerance test, and a random plasma tolerance test. When a doctor first diagnoses diabetes, he or she will suggest a zinc transporter 8 autoantibody test. This blood test determines which type of diabetes your senior family member has. It provides a quick and accurate diagnosis so that a timely treatment can be administered.

Possible Treatments

Treatment starts with a lifestyle change. Eating healthy, losing weight, and increasing physical activity can control type 1 diabetes and greatly reduce the progress of type 2. Lifestyle changes are complemented by medications that control high blood pressure, glucose levels, and cholesterol while preventing strokes and heart attack. Your loved one’s health care team will help set goals, monitor health numbers, and manage this disease.

When your loved one has been diagnosed with diabetes, you may not be able to accommodate his or her care needs alone. Let Home Care Assistance help. With Nashville live-in home care or flexible hourly care, your loved one can receive the one-on-one support he or she needs to maintain a healthy diet, participate in regular exercise, keep scheduled doctor’s appointments, and retain overall wellbeing. Call a compassionate Care Manager today at 615.656.4999 for your free consultation.