Taking medication properly is vital for our senior loved ones with chronic disease, especially when treating diabetes.
Medication is essential in controlling diabetes, so it is important seniors and their caregivers know how to take it, understand what type of drug is being prescribed, how medications impact eating and activity, and other health concerns.
Some seniors will take more than one medication to help manage their diabetes. Combination therapy can help some seniors get better control of their diabetes.
This means that there will be multiple medications to manage as your senior is likely also taking medications for other health conditions such as high blood pressure as well as over the counter medications too.
Be observant and make note of any new side effects your senior experiences while taking medications and seek the advice of their healthcare professional before stopping any of their prescriptions.
Understanding Medication Safety
It is important that you and your senior loved one fully understand their medicines and how to take them safely.
The American Diabetes Association offers these questions for our seniors and caregivers to ask the doctor:
- Could any of my medications cause low blood sugar? (or high blood sugar)
- When should I take my diabetes medication? (there are specific best times for some of these medications)
- How much medication should I take? (ask if you don’t understand the dosing of insulin especially)
- Should I continue to take my diabetes medications when I am sick? (what other information do I need to know if I am sick such as when do I call you and what do I eat or drink?)
- Do I need to adjust my medications before I exercise? (do I need to take a blood sugar reading before or after exercise)
Here’s our recommendation for the best glucometers for seniors.
- Do I need to adjust my medications if I skip a meal? (avoid skipping a meal!)
- How do I properly store my medication? (some types require refrigeration or to kept out of the heat or moisture)
Medications, diet and weight management are key areas of treatment for diabetes.
Your senior will be healthier if all parts of the puzzle are managed with your help.
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