About 50% of people with diabetes are aged 65 years and above.

Living with diabetes, while it can be effectively managed, can be tough at times. Every day brings with it new challenges that you must overcome. As one gets older this becomes tougher and specific age related complications require diligence and care to properly mitigate. Through all this, it is important to remember that it is tough, not impossible.

My mother has Type 2 diabetes, but she won’t eat. My father gets up and snacks in the middle of the night. My mom complains of going in a hypo (low blood sugar phase) just to eat sweets that she craves.   I often hear these and other gripes from my patients’ care givers (mostly their kids) all the time.

Older people with Diabetes face higher risks of such complications as heart attacks, kidney disease and blindness; they’re more likely than other seniors to wind up in nursing homes.

But we need to relax a little and keep reminding ourselves that when it comes to the elderly, quality of life is much more important than those (almost sacred) numbers that pop up on the glucometer.