Seniors and others that have the following symptoms may be suffering from Hyperclycemia:
- High blood glucose
- High levels of sugar in the urine
- Frequent urination
- Increased thirst
In order to keep this in check, it is important to monitor the senior’s blood sugar level. As a caretaker, if you are in charge of taking the client to the doctor, it is your responsibility to keep a record of their blood glucose levels, the same as the doctor, so that you can communicate the levels to the family members. If your client is on insulin, it is also your responsibility to ensure that they take their insulin correctly and on time. Being proactive avoids potential issues with Hyperglycemia.
Hyperglycemia should not be confused with Hypoglycemia though. They are two totally separate issues and each can affect your client differently. Hypoglycemia is defined as a serum glucose level as below 70 mg/ dL; which is the amount of glucose or sugar in your blood.
Hypoglycemia is the opposite of Hyperglycemia. It is low blood sugar. It, too, can be an issue to look out for clients in a caregiver’s care. While it may be present in people of any age, it is especially apparent in elders and infants. We will look further into this tomorrow.
Since With Age Comes Respect encompasses all aspects of a senior’s life, knowing the various symptoms of blood glucose levels may just save your client’s life.