Older adults with diabetes also are at greater risk than other older adults for several common geriatric syndromes, such as polypharmacy, cognitive impairment, urinary incontinence, injurious falls, and persistent pain. These conditions may impact older adults' diabetes self-management abilities.
Diabetes is a serious disease, and it affects many older adults. People get diabetes when their blood glucose, also called blood sugar, is too high. The good news is that you can take steps to delay or prevent type 2 diabetes, which is the most common form of the disease to develop in older adults.
Diabetes Resources for Older Adults external icon. Learn how to better manage your diabetes or take steps to prevent it. Caregivers and health care professionals of older adults may also find helpful tools to enhance their understanding of issues that affect this population.