Harman P. Kaur, MD
Internal Medicine & Oncologist located in Mesquite, TX
Those with advanced age can be more susceptible to developing conditions such as diabetes, high blood pressure, or dementia. Dr. Kaur takes extra special care of her older clientele at Belt Line Medical Center in Mesquite, Texas.
Senior Care Q & A
Is treating diabetes more difficult with advanced age?
Living with diabetes as you get older can be a bit more challenging, but it can still be managed effectively. With age comes an increased risk for specific complications that require close care to properly treat the symptoms. Screening for diabetes complications in older adults is individualized to avoid complications that would otherwise lead to functional impairment. Older adults who are functional and cognitively intact can receive the same diabetes care as younger adults to manage the symptoms of diabetes.
How is high blood pressure treated?
Blood pressure is determined the amount of blood your heart pumps and the amount of resistance to the blood flow in your arteries. High blood pressure is a common condition where the force of the blood against your artery walls is high enough that it may eventually cause health problems. Those with high blood pressure are at a higher risk for heart failure, stroke, chronic kidney disease and damage to the arteries which can cause a heart attack. It's no different for those reaching their senior years. For many, lifestyle changes such as improved diet and exercise have been effective at treating high blood pressure. If medication is required to help treat high blood pressure it should always be under the guidance of your doctor.
How is dementia treated?
Treatment of dementia depends on its cause. When dementia is caused by medical conditions it can be treated to restore some or all mental function. Most types of dementia can't be cured, but there are ways to manage your symptoms. Care may include:
- Take vitamins for a deficiency of vitamin B12.
- Stop or change medicines that are causing memory loss or confusion.
- Tips to help the person be independent and manage daily life as long as possible.
- Medicine to help improve mental function, mood, or behavior.
- Support and counseling.
If you or someone you love is suffering from the effects of dementia contact the offices today to find out what treatment plans may be available for you.