ElderCarelink Blog

Unchecked diabetes in elders can cause mental decline

by Dorian Martin
June 26th, 2012 at 4:19 pm

I always see the human body as a system in which one disease can affect several parts of the body. A new study underscores this belief. The study found that older adults who have diabetes and who are not able to control their blood sugar levels are at an increased risk for greater decline in their cognitive abilities.

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Can aggressive blood sugar control prevent dementia?

by Carol Bursack
October 4th, 2011 at 3:39 pm

A recent study–published in the September 27 issue of The Lancet–has stirred exceptional interest. According to the study, pursuing an intensive treatment plan to reduce blood glucose in older diabetics does not reduce memory loss in those patients, although it does preserve brain volume.

The published result of this study comes on the heels of a different study from Japan that discovered having diabetes doubles the risk of a person developing Alzheimer’s disease. Yet another recently publicized study reported the findings that intra-nasal insulin, used by many for type 2 diabetes, could one day prove to be a preventative or cure for Alzheimer’s.

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Study shows diabetes doubles risk for Alzheimer’s disease

by Carol Bursack
September 28th, 2011 at 12:56 pm

A recent study in Japan discovered that older individuals with diabetes were twice as likely to develop Alzheimer’s disease than those without diabetes. Because it is generally accepted in the medical community that diabetes increases risk factors for several illnesses, including heart disease, I was skeptical that this breaking news was more than a media headline for want of something better.

However, I soon saw that these study results are indeed breaking news.

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My Decades of Diabetes Perspective

by Isabel Fawcett, SPHR
September 15th, 2010 at 12:22 pm

It’s been several decades since I have been exposed to diabetes and diabetes self-care in my family. In that time, I have seen and learned more than I ever wanted to know about diabetes. There was a time when glucometers did not exist. Back then, diabetics performed urine tests to check their glucose levels. The medical science and treatment of diabetes sure has come a long way.

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Diabetic Elders’ Fluctuating Blood Glucose Symptoms

by Isabel Fawcett, SPHR
August 30th, 2010 at 12:30 pm

Night falls and it is any caregiver’s guess whether an elder in our care will be ready to go to sleep, or not. Some elders are light sleepers. Other elders have restless nights, in some instances complicated by restless legs syndrome. Last night, my mother’s blood glucose skyrocketed. All bets are off for restful sleep when that happens, including for my diabetic mother, and/or me.

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