The good news is, more and more of us are reaching our senior years. But that also means more of us are living with diabetes. In fact, the research shows that nearly half of people in Canada with type 2 diabetes are over the age of 65.
Diabetes and Seniors
Healthy eating is important as we grow older, helping to avoid nutritional deficiencies and protect against age-related complications.
Blood glucose targets for elderly people with type 2 diabetes are generally the same as other adults with type 2 diabetes.
In general, the diagnosis and management of type 2 diabetes in elderly people is the same of other adults who have the disease. However, there are some distinct differences, which we’ll review in this article.
Depending on where you live in Canada, diabetes medications, devices and supplies may or may not receive government coverage. This can result in real hardship in jurisdictions where costs have to be borne directly by individuals with diabetes.
In the past few months, I have noticed that seniors are experiencing a difficult time managing their diabetes due to lack of funds for diabetes supplies.