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Older people with diabetes

Keeping diabetes under control is important at any age. But as you age, living with diabetes can be further complicated by other chronic health conditions.

Over time, diabetes can also cause serious health problems. Make sure you have diabetes health check-ups to prevent complications resulting from diabetes.

What can I do?

Manage your diabetes independently

As you grow older physical changes may affect your ability to manage your diabetes independently. It is easy to assume that your symptoms are due to the ageing process or because you have diabetes, but it is important to seek advice for any new symptoms.

Ask for support if managing your diabetes by yourself is becoming difficult. Failing eyesight and reduced mobility may lead to a reduced level of daily foot care, meaning early problem signs are missed. This booklet gives you information to help you manage your diabetes as you grow older.

Keep active

Keeping active in later life helps to strengthen muscles, maintain mobility and balance and improve insulin sensitivity. It can help you to continue to self-care, improve your mental well-being and prevent falls. Aim to be as active as you can be.

Organise my diabetes health checks

It is important to do an annual cycle of care to identify any health concerns with your doctor and diabetes health care team. Regular checks help prevent complications that can affect your whole body, including your kidneys, eyes, feet, nerves and heart.

Read more in our fact sheet Your diabetes annual cycle of care.

Eat well

As we get older, it can be challenging to stay nourished and maintain healthy eating habits. Our lifestyles and appetites can change and chronic conditions such as diabetes can take up our time and energy and affect our food choices. This booklet provides information about healthy eating and food choices for older people living with diabetes.

Talk to your health care team

As you age you may have more health issues to deal with. This booklet provides information to help you work with your health care team and live well with diabetes. It is not always easy to find your way around the health system. You need to work out who can help you with health issues and maintaining your wellbeing.