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How to deal with type 2 diabetes in elder patients?


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Published At February 24, 2024
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Patient's Query

Hello doctor,

My parents have been living with type 2 diabetes for a while, and I want to support them in their journey. Can you offer advice on how to assist someone with type 2 diabetes in maintaining a healthy lifestyle? Additionally, are there advancements or new treatments in diabetes management that I should be aware of to better support my parent's health?

Please help.

Answered by Dr. Raveendran S R


Welcome to icliniq.com.

I can understand your concern.

Encourage Healthy Eating:

1. Help plan and prepare balanced meals that align with their dietary needs.

2. Promote portion control and encourage them to choose whole foods over processed ones.

3. Learn about foods with lower glycemic indexes to help manage blood sugar levels.

Foster Regular Physical Activity:

1. Engage in physical activities together, such as walking, swimming, or cycling.

2. Encourage activities that your parent enjoys and can incorporate into their daily routine.

Medication Adherence:

1. Help your parent stay on track with their medication schedule.

2. Encourage open communication about any concerns or side effects related to medications.

Emotional Support:

1. Be a supportive listener and encourage open communication about their feelings and experiences.

2. Acknowledge their efforts and successes in managing diabetes.

Educate Yourself:

1. Learn about diabetes, its management, and potential complications.

2. Stay informed about advancements with your doctor.

Regular Health Check-ups:

1. Assist in scheduling and attending regular doctor appointments.

2. Stay informed about their test results, and discuss them with your doctor.

Emergency Preparedness:

1. Familiarize yourself with the signs of hypoglycemia (low blood sugar) and hyperglycemia (high blood sugar) and know what to do in case of an emergency.

2. Ensure your parent wears a medical alert watch.

Continuous glucose monitoring (CGM) systems, insulin pumps, and other devices have become more advanced, offering better control and flexibility in managing blood sugar levels. Additionally, researchers are continually working on developing new medications and therapies.

Hope it helps.

Thanks and regards.

Same symptoms don't mean you have the same problem. Consult a doctor now!

Dr. Raveendran S R
Dr. Raveendran S R


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