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Understanding Type 2 Diabetes Symptoms in Older People

Adults and older people are at higher risk of developing Type 2 Diabetes, learn more about the symptoms, the risk factors and managing the condition.

As we grow older, our bodies go through various changes, and we become more susceptible to health problems such as Type 2 Diabetes. Diabetes is a long-term condition that affects how your body uses sugar or glucose. It is a condition that causes the blood sugar level to become too high, which can lead to serious health problems if left untreated. This condition is becoming more common among older people in the UK, and it is important to understand the symptoms and take action to manage the condition. Type 2 Diabetes is the most common type of diabetes in older people and can be managed with the right care.

At Radfield Home Care, we understand how challenging it can be to manage diabetes symptoms in older people. In this article, we will discuss the symptoms of Type 2 Diabetes and how to manage them with the help of our Care Professionals.

Disclaimer: This article is intended to be informative, not prescriptive. If you, or someone close to you, are exhibiting symptoms of an illness such as diabetes, you should consult your GP or equivalent medical professional immediately.

Symptoms of Diabetes type 2 in adults

It is essential to know the symptoms of Type 2 Diabetes in older people to prevent complications and manage the condition effectively. Here are the most common symptoms of Type 2 Diabetes:

If you or your loved one is experiencing any of these symptoms, it is important to seek medical advice immediately.

Risk factors for type 2 Diabetes

There are a variety of risk factors to look out for that can increase the likelihood of Type 2 Diabetes developing. These include:


Managing type 2 Diabetes symptoms with home care support

Type 2 Diabetes can be managed with the right care and support. At Radfield Home Care, our Care Professionals are trained to provide care that adheres to personalised care plans that meet the unique needs of each person. Here are some ways our Care Professionals can help manage Type 2 Diabetes symptoms:

Lifestyle & diet are important for managing type 2 diabetes symptoms in the elderly

Diet and nutrition

Our Care Professionals can work with your loved one to create a balanced diet plan that meets their nutritional needs and manages their blood sugar levels.

Physical activity

Care plans can be tailored for diabetes care to encourage and assist with physical activity that is safe and suitable for your loved one’s abilities.

Medication assistance

Managing diabetes requires taking medication as prescribed by a healthcare professional. Our Care Professionals can help older people to manage their medication, ensuring they take the right dose at the right time. This can be especially important for people who may have difficulty remembering to take their medication, or who may have trouble reading labels or opening containers. Our care teams can also help with reordering medication from a GP and ensuring it is delivered on time.

Assistance with daily tasks

Maintaining a healthy lifestyle is essential for managing Type 2 Diabetes. Our Care Professionals can assist with daily tasks such as cooking healthy meals and doing light exercise, which can help to manage blood sugar levels. We can help with grocery shopping, meal preparation, and light exercises such as walking or gentle stretching. We can also provide companionship during meal times, ensuring that our clients have someone to share meals with and providing social interaction that can help to reduce stress and improve overall well-being.

Monitoring blood sugar levels

Regular monitoring of blood sugar levels is an essential part of managing Type 2 Diabetes. Our Care Professionals can help you to stay on top of your health and communicate effectively with your healthcare providers.

Emotional support

A diabetes diagnosis can be overwhelming for older people, especially those who may be dealing with other health problems or who may feel isolated or lonely. Our Care Professionals can provide emotional support and reassurance, helping older people to manage the condition more effectively while fighting isolation. We can offer a listening ear, provide encouragement, and help our clients to Be Themselves by finding ways to stay engaged in their communities and maintain their interests and hobbies.


Transportation can be a barrier to accessing healthcare and managing diabetes effectively. Our Care Professionals can provide transportation to and from medical appointments, ensuring that our clients receive the care they need. We can also provide transportation to community events and activities, helping our clients to stay engaged and connected to their communities.

care professional walking with client

Quality private home care

At Radfield Home Care, we are committed to helping older people age well by providing high-quality, personalised care in the comfort of their own homes. If you or your loved one needs support with managing Type 2 Diabetes symptoms or you would simply like to chat about how we might be able to help, contact us to find out more.