Your senior is always tired (typical, who wouldn’t be at an advanced age?). They are constantly thirsty but fear having to use the toilet too often. Your client is constantly complaining about headaches. Is this a side effect of one of their medications? Just old age or does your senior have prediabetes or diabetes and has not been diagnosed yet? This is very important to determine!
As the American Diabetes Association states, there are several ways in which to diagnose diabetes, not just signs and symptoms, but honest to goodness testing at a medical facility by a trained medical staff.
If the initial test proves a high blood glucose level, in addition to the classic symptoms being experienced in your client, you may or may not be taking them back for a second test to rule out diabetes. With age as a consideration, the medical staff may rule to begin treatment right away or to retest (just to be completely certain!).
If your client is diagnosed with prediabetes (blood glucose levels that are elevated but not high enough to be determined as diabetes), this is certain cause for alarm and the time you need to kick it into gear to straighten out your client’s way of living before it gets to be too late!
Just so that you are certain, doctors sometimes refer to prediabetes as impaired glucose tolerance (IGT) or impaired fasting glucose (IFG). The terminology referred to will depend on what type of test was used when it was detected. This condition puts your client at a higher risk for developing Type 2 diabetes and cardiovascular disease.
If you are concerned, and as a caregiver myself, I know you are because you believe that With Age Comes Respect, then you will do everything possible to change this diagnoses or prevent Type 2 from rearing its ugly head!