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Dispelling 5 Myths About Diabetes & Seniors

As a leading provider of senior home care in Toronto, we know that there are many myths and misconceptions surrounding diabetes in seniors. Today, our senior care experts are going to share some of those myths and prove that with proper support, management and care, seniors diabetics can still continue to live healthy, productive lives with minimal complications.

Myth #1: All seniors will develop diabetes.

While the incidences of diabetes in seniors are on the rise, it does not mean that all seniors will develop the illness. Taking the proper precautions such as eating a healthy and well balanced diet, exercising regularly, limiting alcohol and abstaining from smoking can all help to reduce a senior’s risk for developing diabetes.

Myth #2: Eating too much sugar is the cause of diabetes.

Even if a person has spent their entire life limiting the amount of sugar consumed, he or she can still develop diabetes. While the foods you eat, including sugar, can contribute to developing diabetes, they are not the primary cause. Other factors, such as being overweight or having high blood pressure, increase the likelihood that a person will develop diabetes.

Myth #3: Diabetes is not a very serious illness.

When left untreated, diabetes can cause many medical complications. Problems with vision, circulation or cardiovascular problems, and infections are among the most common complications that can affect a senior’s quality of life if the proper medical attention is not obtained.

Myth #4: Only a doctor can tell if my elderly relative needs to be tested for diabetes.

You may notice signs that point toward diabetes in an aging parent or loved one, and can help make sure that they receive medical treatment. Often times, seniors do not recognize or report symptoms of diabetes, such as increased thirst and urination or blurred vision.

Myth #5: Diabetes in seniors reduces their life expectancy and quality of life.

With proper treatment and management, diabetes can be controlled and have little negative impact on a senior’s ability to live at home safely and independently. Certain changes in diet and exercise as well as the use of insulin or other medications can be beneficial in managing diabetes in seniors.

If you have an aging parent or loved one who is living with diabetes and feel they could use extra assistance at home with daily activities, reach out to Home Care Assistance of Toronto today and learn more about our flexible care plans. Our highly trained and compassionate caregivers can provide hourly and live-in care in Toronto and Etobicoke and are available 24 hours a day, 7 days a week. To request more information or to schedule your complimentary, no-obligation consultation, call 416-488-8777.