Diabetes is a potentially serious- and even fatal- disease that affects one-in-four older adults in the US. Once an aging adult is diagnosed with diabetes, keeping their blood sugar levels normalized becomes a daily priority. If managed properly, most seniors with diabetes can still enjoy active, independent lives. On the other hand, mismanaged or uncontrolled diabetes can cause complications that affect the heart, blood vessels, eyes, nerves, and other parts of the body. If you are currently caring for an aging-in-place loved one with diabetes, here are 5 great ways to ensure their quality-of-life remains high.  

What is Diabetes?

When you hear the term “diabetes”, it’s referring to a group of diseases that affect how your body uses blood sugar (glucose). In simple terms, diabetes prevents the body from efficiently using the energy that’s found in the foods we eat.

There are also two kinds of chronic diabetes, type 1 and type 2- both of which may cause too much glucose to build up in the bloodstream. Excess blood sugar isn’t healthy for the body. Although most diabetics are type 2, both types share similar symptoms but also those that are quite different. When mismanaged, chronic diabetes can cause serious health problems and even death.

Diabetes Management Tips for Seniors

As an informal caregiver for someone with diabetes, managing their disease starts with these 5 key steps:

Dietary support

One proven way to keep blood glucose levels normalized is by following a