Although the professionals are not certain why, they know that high glucose levels are very bad for elders (and everyone else) with diabetes. It can cause complications so that is why it is so important to keep blood glucose levels as low (or as even) as possible.
It has been proven through vast research that intensive control vs. standard treatment for blood glucose levels had lower readings. Here is more of what the American Diabetes Association showed when comparing the tight-control group to the standard-treatment group from the research findings:
- Diabetic eye disease started in only one-quarter as many people.
- Kidney disease started in only half as many people.
- Nerve disease started in only one-third as many people.
- Far fewer people who already had early forms of these three complications got worse.
Their website also stated that in order to get tight control, caregivers should help their clients do the following things:
- Pay more attention to diet and exercise.
- Measure blood glucose levels more often.
- If client takes insulin, change how much they use and their injection schedule (according to their doctor’s guidelines of course!).
It is not always easy to do all of this because it takes more time and consideration on the caretakers part, but if the caretaker truly believes that With Age Comes Respect, then they will not falter when it comes to doing whatever is possible in order to ensure the health and welfare of their clients!