The bad news is that there are really no clear signs or symptoms for prediabetes – only your gut. Many times your senior may have it and you will never even suspect it! The worse thing is that they may already have some of the symptoms of diabetes or even problems from diabetes when you become their caretaker, so you may not be the wiser unless the symptoms or problems increase in nature.
If you happen to be with them at their doctor’s appointment and the doctor stipulates that they are prediabetic, it is extremely important for you to find out what you can do to keep that in check. One way is that you should make certain that they are tested for Type 2 diabetes every year or two.
The American Diabetes Association shows the prediabetes results as being:
- An A1C of 5.7% – 6.4%
- Fasting blood glucose of 100 – 125 mg/dl
- An OGTT 2 hour blood glucose of 140 mg/dl – 199 mg/dl
The good news is that there is not a normal progression toward diabetes – even if your client has been diagnosed with prediabetes. There is nothing stating specifically that your client will become diabetic. Many seniors, in conjunction with their caregiver, will be able to treat early and get the blood glucose levels back into normal range; eluding diabetes altogether!
Much research has been conducted on this topic and the results show that you can help lower your client’s risk for type 2 diabetes by 58% by:
- Helping them lose 7% of their body weight (or 15 pounds if you weigh 200 pounds)
- Getting them to Exercising moderately (such as brisk walking) 30 minutes a day, five days a week or peddling a stationary bike from the comfort of their La-Z-Boy recliner (anything to get the heart pumping)
Don’t worry if you can’t get them to their ideal body weight. Losing even 10 to 15 pounds can make a huge difference for them. It is just another way to show that you know that With Age Comes Respect!