glucose levels chart can help identify a person’s normal (healthy) and abnormal
blood sugar levels. This is particularly important for men over 60 since
diabetes, a disease in which the body loses its normal ability to control blood
sugar, is relatively more common with age. The chart is often used to help set
target goals. It also plays a role in monitoring diabetes monitoring treatment
plans in long term.
your digestive system breaks down food (especially carbohydrate and sugar) into
glucose. The glucose is then absorbed and goes into the circulation
(bloodstream), that’s why blood sugar level is usually relatively higher after
hormone produced and released by the pancreas, is responsible to regulate the
amounts of glucose (sugar) in the blood. More insulin is released when you have
a blood sugar spike. The hormone stimulates your body’s cells to absorb and use
glucose for energy, and then blood glucose level decreases afterwards.
diabetes this mechanism is impaired. Your body loses its natural ability to
either respond insulin (insulin resistance) or doesn’t make enough insulin.
news, it seems the rates of the disease have significantly risen in many
countries worldwide. In the United States for example, more than 8 percent of all
population in this country is probably affected by the disease [CDC reports].
we’re talking about age risk factor, type-2 diabetes is the major concern since
the risk for this type of diabetes increases as we age. And did you know that
one of the greatest jumps in this type was among men!
age factor, your risk of developing type-2 diabetes may increase with the
you’re being overweight (obese).
inactive, sedentary individual (lack of physical activity).
unhealthy diet especially diet high in sugar and carbs.
genetic factor (a history of the disease in your close, immediate family — such
as parent, brother, or sister).
safe, testing for diabetes should start after the age of 45 (including for men
who are in the absence of risks). If you have more risk factors of the disease,
your doctor may ask you for the test earlier.
diagnosis is often helpful to promote better outcome and prognosis. We know
there is still no cure for diabetes, but it’s manageable. The earlier lifestyle
changes and comprehensive treatment plan you take, the less likely it is that
diabetes complications will occur.
20 percent of global diabetes prevalence is found in the age group over 60,
specifically at 65 to 69 years — according to a PDF guideline released by the International
Diabetes Federation in 2017. This suggests it’s not uncommon to find diabetes
in men over 60.
are 3 common definitions when it comes to glucose levels chart; fasting blood
sugar (FBS) test, after eating (postprandial) blood sugar test, and random test.
Each name implies when you take the test.
with diabetes is challenging enough. But this would be more challenging with
age, especially when you’re over 60. The natural course of your aging process
combined with diabetes would make controlling the disease more difficult.
diseases, for example, are common complications from uncontrolled diabetes. We
know heart problems or other common healthy problems in elderly people, such as
like hearing problems and changes in vision, can affect everyone with age. But
with diabetes, these problems may carry a bigger impact.
comprehensive guidance, work with your doctor and dietitian. A few adjustments
may be suggested for elderly people with diabetes.
diet may be a bit different from general recommendations. For example, elderly
patients with diabetes are more likely to be undernutrition and underweight due
to lack of appetite or other factors. Dehydration (lower fluid intake) is also
a common thing, especially when they have bouts of illness.
remember, there is always a chance to prevent diabetes complications, no matter
how old you are! And being aware of these age-related challenges will help you
to feel better in general and to better deal with them.
following are a few helpful tips to cope with common challenges of diabetes and
aging so you’re likely to keep the disease in check as you get older: