Focus on diabetes problems in seniors
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 researchwa.com.au or call 9224 1006.