Why Diabetic Seniors Should Turn to Insulin Therapy

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The medical community has debated whether or not aggressive treatment of diabetes actually improves the quality of health in senior diabetics. While there is no one-size-fits-all solution, it’s possible for people with type 1 diabetes to successfully manage the disease with insulin therapy, which can be administered through injections or insulin pumps. The following information provided by Prestige Home Care explains why insulin therapy is a notable treatment for diabetic seniors.

Do Insulin Pumps Improve Longevity?

According to HealthDay News, type 1 diabetics who use insulin pumps face a much lower risk of dying prematurely from heart attacks or strokes than those who inject themselves with multiple doses of insulin daily. Researchers found pump users of all ages to be 42 percent less likely to die of heart disease or stroke during the seven-year study, and the overall risk of death from all causes was 27 percent lower among diabetes with pumps. Further research is needed to determine whether insulin pumps contributed to longevity and how their use impacts the elderly.

Are Pumps or Injections Better?

Insulin is a hormone used by the body to convert sugar into energy. In type 1 diabetics, the body’s immune system attacks insulin-making cells in the pancreas, making it necessary to replace insulin to survive. There are two options: multiple injections and insulin pumps. Although insulin pumps can improve an individual’s quality of life, their use requires input and regulation from users or in-home caregivers, and they may not be appropriate for every person. Type 2 diabetics may also benefit from the use of insulin, but their illness comes from a different cause and demands an alternate approach, especially for the elderly.

If your senior loved one has been diagnosed with diabetes, you may want to discuss different treatment options with his or her doctor. No matter which medications or lifestyle changes are called for, Prestige Home Care can help your elderly family member manage the disease and maintain a sense of calm and purpose with our holistic approach to senior care. Call us today at 407.232.7155 to learn more about our care services and schedule your free consultation.

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  • Kimberly Miller

    Kimberly Miller, RN, is a proud Florida native with an unwavering commitment to elder care that spans an impressive 25 years. Her extensive journey through central Florida's hospitals, nursing homes, assisted living facilities, and hospice companies has not only honed her understanding of disease processes but has also cultivated a profound expertise in navigating the intricate landscape of elder care. Kimberly's dedication to delivering the highest quality of care to patients and their families is evident in every facet of her career. Armed with certifications as an assisted living administrator, Kimberly's primary focus on customer service and her drive to address the holistic needs of individuals—mind, body, and soul—have led her to a resounding conclusion: home care is the future of personalized, high-quality care. Her conviction is rooted in the understanding that a combination of healthy nutrition, physical and mental exercise, and social engagement is directly linked to improved physical and mental well-being. The recent global pandemic has served as a poignant reminder of the limitations of institutional care, further strengthening Kimberly's resolve. Motivated by a profound desire to make a meaningful difference, she has taken the helm at Prestige Home Care. Here, Kimberly is dedicated to providing a level of care that goes beyond industry standards—a level of care she would wholeheartedly entrust to her own family.

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