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Managing Diabetes for Seniors

Jun 7, 2014
88749400Diabetes can be challenging at any age, but for seniors it can be particularly difficult.

“One of the biggest challenges that diabetic seniors face is the presence of other conditions such as cardiovascular disease, respiratory problems, and arthritis,” says Shirley Bembo, MD, who is board certified in endocrinology and diabetes and metabolism. That can mean multiple, often costly, prescription medications, as well as physical limitations that make managing the condition problematic.

“Seniors with significant arthritis often don’t have the dexterity to perform frequent home glucose monitoring or to do insulin injections, and others have physical limitations that prevent them from being active enough to lose weight,” explains Dr. Bembo, who is on the Medical Staff at Princeton HealthCare System.

Diabetes Management: A Team Approach

If diabetes is challenging for you or someone you love, partnering with your doctor—and with University Medical Center of Princeton at Plainsboro’s (UMCPP)
Diabetes Management Program—can help remove many of the obstacles to a healthier life.

It’s important to follow your physician’s specific instructions on the timing and dosage of all medications, and don’t hesitate to call your physician’s office with any post-appointment questions.

UMCPP’s Diabetes Management Program—accredited by the American Diabetes Association—can help individuals with diabetes through group sessions, led by certified diabetes educators, that are designed to help seniors master the techniques of blood glucose monitoring and self-injection. The program also offers separate sessions on nutrition and meal planning, exercise, and diabetes medications.

“Diabetes management requires a team approach, and, along with doctors, patients and families, UMCPP’s program plays a vital role,” says Dr. Bembo.

To find out more about UMCPP’s Diabetes Management or to find a physician affiliated with Princeton HealthCare System, call 1.888.PHCS4YOU (1.888.742.7496) or visit