DIABETES

DIABETES CAN BE CHALLENGING FOR OLDER ADULTS 

Diabetes is never easy to manage. That may especially ring true if you are older than 65. Older adults tend to face more health challenges than younger people with the disease. Your chance of developing diabetes climbs as you age. In fact, diabetes affects more than one-quarter of American adults ages 65 and older. Some have already been diagnosed with the disease—others are yet to be.  

DIABETIC NEUROPATHY (NERVE PROBLEMS) 

Diabetic neuropathy, a nerve disorder, is a complication of diabetes that can lead to problems throughout your body. If you have diabetes, you can develop nerve problems at any time. Significant nerve problems, or clinical neuropathy, can develop within the first 10 years after receiving a diabetes diagnosis. The risk of developing neuropathy increases the longer you have diabetes. About half of people with diabetes have some form of neuropathy.  

DIABETES AND SEXUAL INTIMACY 

Sexual intimacy is an important part of life. For people with diabetes, it’s necessary to pay close attention to issues concerning their sexual health. That’s because damage to the nerves or blood vessels caused by diabetes can interfere with sexual function. Certain medications used to treat diabetes-related complications can also affect sexual health. By discussing these issues with your health care provider, you can continue to enjoy this part of your life. 

DIABETES: TESTS YOU NEED 

Diabetes is a condition that can affect your whole body. When your blood glucose stays too high for too long, it can lead to problems with your heart, blood vessels, eyes, and kidneys. By getting regular tests and checkups, you can help control your glucose level and prevent or delay damage caused by high blood glucose. Watching your health closely lets you react to problems early before they get more serious.