Diabetes

 

 

Diabetes Type 2: Clinical Presentation in the Elderly:

Understanding the clinical presentation of Diabetes in the elderly is particularly important, as the clinical presentation of diabetes in the elderly can be different from that of the younger patient:

  • With increase in age the renal threshold for glucose increases which means that blood glucose will be higher before increased frequency of urination will be detected. Hence poly-urea may not be prominent in the elderly with high blood glucose, and may be absent due to impaired thirst mechanism in the elderly.
  • It is important to know that increased urination and increased thirst (classic symptoms of diabetes) are often absent in the elderly.
  • This is compounded by the elderly's increased risk of comorbidities and increased complexity of chronic illnesses.              
  • Diabetes in the elderly aged 65 to 74, is 12 times higher than for age less than 45 years old.
  • Contributing factors are the obesity epidemic and the fact that people are now living longer.

 

Diabetes Disease Complications:

Diabetes is a serious health condition. It is a major risk factor for heart disease, and stroke; a major cause of blindness, kidney failure, and amputations.

 

Signs and Symptoms of Diabetes:

Global symptoms:

•  Unexplained weight loss
•  Fatigue
•  Cataracts
•  Recurrent infections, esp. urinary tract
 
Improving Outcomes for Diabetes in Vulnerable and "at risk" Populations:

 

Educating older adults and their caregivers about minimizing risks for complication of Diabetes is "key" to improving outcomes for Diabetes and to reducing the serverity of disease complications.

 

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