One in four seniors over the age of sixty have Type 2 diabetes. While there is no cure for diabetes, there are many ways to manage or reverse the disease.
Management of Type 2 Diabetes Via a Health Care Team
A diabetes health care team is often put in place to guide patients and caregivers. While there are aspects of your daily life that will change your care team will be by your side to help you navigate these changes.
Your diabetes care team may include:
- Registered Dietitian
- Diabetes Educator
- Immediate Family Members
- In-Home Caregivers
Management of the condition will include:
- Ongoing Evaluation of your Exercise/Activity Level
- Regular Blood Glucose Checks
- Medications (in some cases)
- Ongoing Diabetes Education
- Nutritional Education
- Weight Management
- Learning to Listen to Your Body
- Quitting Harmful Activities (ex: Smoking)
Tips for Traveling with Type 2 Diabetes
You will want to take into consideration precautionary measures when you are traveling.
Useful Travel Items for Diabetics:
- Diabetes Identification Bracelet
- Extra Insulin and Medications
- Snacks and Testing Supplies
Carry these supplies on you at all times. Do not pack them in your checked luggage or leave them in your hotel room while sightseeing.
Common Health Complications with Diabetes
Having diabetes can also put you at risk for many health complications. It is essential to follow your care plan closely and talk to you your doctor when issues or symptoms arise. Proper management of your diabetes may help prevent or delay many complications.
Common Diabetic Complications:
- Heart and Blood Vessel Disease
- Eye Disease
- Kidney Disease
- Nerve Damage
- Hearing Loss
- Dental Problems
If you think you may have one of these complications discuss your symptoms with your doctor.
You Are Not Alone
Whether you have received a recent diabetes diagnosis or have been managing it for many years, you are not alone. Your care team will be there to help you when you have bad days and to celebrate the great days, weeks and months with you. Together you and your team will identify the best management plan for you.