Hypoglycemia risk! It’s not only about high blood
sugar. Elderly men with diabetes are also at high risk of hypoglycemia (too low
your treatment is probably the answer, especially if you’re going with insulin
therapy. For instance, your doctor may suggest a regimen of once-a-day insulin
(with non-insulin medications) instead of multiple insulin injections.
Increased risk of complications
with age! Age
would make diabetes complications more likely to occur. Let’s say stroke and
heart disease, these are two common complications in those over 60.
self-monitor is very important to reduce the risk of these complications! Keep
monitoring your blood sugar levels as well as what your healthcare team
suggests. Write down the readings and report this regularly to your doctor!
Reduced hearing problem! While hearing loss is a common
thing with age, diabetes would make this worse than usual. Some elderly
diabetics may have trouble to hear or understand the instructions from their
hearing loss is hard to fix. But you can get almost everything in writing,
especially your doctor’s instructions. Ask him /her to write down the
instructions! Or ask someone else with you when visiting your doctor to help
relay the information.
Decreased vision problems! Vision problems are common in elderly
people, especially those with diabetes. Whether it has to do with diabetes or
related to aging, it will significantly affect the way of how you read glucose
Solutions; use blood glucose unit with a large display to show the test result so you can read it more easily! Lifestyle measures such as getting enough sleep, adequate rest for your eyes, or creating eye-friendly surroundings (not sitting in front of computer for long hours for example) would also help a lot.