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Diabetes Symptoms to Watch for with Your Elderly Loved One

March 25th, 2016

Home Care in Loxahatchee FL

Home Care in Loxahatchee FL

As your loved one ages there may be health conditions that he develops that he never thought he might face. Diabetes is one of those types of conditions. Loved ones who never had problems before with their blood sugar levels, and then suddenly one day they might experience symptoms that something isn't working right. It's important for you to know what to look for so that you can help your loved one get a diagnosis quickly.
What Is Diabetes?

Diabetes is actually a group of several different diseases that all involve how your loved one's body stores and uses blood sugar, which is also called blood glucose. Since blood sugar is essential energy for your loved one's body and brain, how the body uses that fuel is important. Diabetes means that your loved one's body has too much sugar circulating about in his blood, which can lead to a whole host of other health problems.
Common Symptoms of Diabetes

Most people have similar symptoms of diabetes but sometimes the symptoms may be mild or easily dismissed as something else. If your loved one has a family history of diabetes, it's a good idea to be on the lookout for symptoms that can let you know that something may be developing with his blood sugar levels. Here are some of the most common symptoms of diabetes to watch for:

  • Feeling uncommonly thirsty or hungry
  • Feeling extremely tired
  • Blurred vision
  • Urinating more than usual
  • Wounds or bruises healing slowly

What to Do if You Suspect Diabetes

If you start to notice any symptoms that start to make you wonder if your loved one might be developing diabetes, it's a good idea to talk to his doctor right away. Often people think that some of these are just one off symptoms that are happening because their loved one had more water that day, for example, but it's not a good idea to put off the diagnosis. Talk to your loved one's home care providers as well to find out if they've spotted any other symptoms that you can talk to his doctor about.

The earlier your loved one is diagnosed with something like diabetes, the sooner you can start to help him manage the condition effectively.
If you or an aging loved one are considering home care in Loxahatchee, FL, contact the caring staff at BrightStar Care of Jupiter. Call today (561) 741-1200.

Topics: Senior Care