Aging With Type 2 Diabetes

As your body ages, all kinds of changes can take place. Some of these changes may affect your diabetes management. It's important to stay vigilant and know what to look out for as you age with Type 2 diabetes.

Biological Changes

The production of beta cells in the pancreas, which store and release insulin, begin to decline as we get older. This can make management of blood sugar more difficult.

If you have not been taking oral medications or insulin, your chance of needing these things increase as you grow older. If you do use oral meds and/or insulin, you may find your dosages increasing.

Lifestyle Factors

Also on the decline is physical activity-- and weight management becomes more difficult. While some slowing down is unavoidable, it's important to stay as physically fit as possible. This can help you to continue to manage things like weight, cholesterol, blood pressure and blood sugar.

Mistaken Symptoms

Some symptoms of old age can be confused with symptoms that occur when your blood sugar is too high or low. Shaking, weakness, fatigue, etc. are not always diabetes-related as you age. The most important thing to do is keep a check on that blood sugar.

With new treatments and technologies, the life expectancy of diabetics improves. So don’t let your diabetes get you down as you age—just learn how to manage it as your body continues to change.

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