Fo­cus on di­a­betes prob­lems in se­niors

Southern Gazette (South Perth) - - NEWS -

symp­toms such as feel­ing tired and lethar­gic can sim­ply be put down to age­ing,” Ms Westlund said.

“Feel­ing thirsty all the time and uri­nat­ing a lot can also be in­di­ca­tors, but be­cause some peo­ple lose their sense of thirst as they get older, th­ese symp­toms may not ap­pear.

“Slow heal­ing wounds, blurred vi­sion and fre­quent in­fec­tions can be other sig­nals, but again may sim­ply be thought to be an is­sue to do with age­ing.

“Our funded re­search has also shown that type 2 di­a­betes can dra­mat­i­cally af­fect the ev­ery­day think­ing skills of up to one in three adults aged more than 60 – another symp­tom that could eas­ily be chalked up to gen­eral age­ing.”

Sir Charles Gaird­ner Hos­pi­tal di­rec­tor of di­a­betes ser­vices and di­a­betes con­sul­tant physi­cian Joey Kaye said the worry for older Aus­tralians was that miss­ing the early signs of di­a­betes could put their gen­eral health and in­de­pen­dence at risk.

Visit www.di­a­betes re­ or call 9224 1006.

Sherl Westlund.

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