Type-2 diabetes is a condition that affects over ¼ of Americans over the age of 65.
Although there has been a dramatic and alarming increase of type-2 diabetes among young people, it has increased at a much faster pace among senior citizens. By 2050, diabetes among those over the age of 75 will account for 30% of all cases according to figures from the National Institutes of Health.
Diabetes is also the culprit in many other health complications. Many of these complications like neuropathy, coronary heart disease and stroke are well known, and much progress has been made on the part of the medical community to mitigate these risks.
But what about lesser known but serious complications of diabetes encountered by the elderly?
Continue reading for four of these complications and how you and your caregiver can manage them.
Again, type-2 diabetes is common and getting more common among an aging population. Sharing any concerns with your doctor or caregiver as soon as you notice them will dramatically increase the odds of mitigating these effects.
Waiting too long and not managing the diabetes could eventually lead to blindness, deafness or chronic pain, which is why managing your health as a diabetic is critical to maintaining an independent lifestyle.