Diabetes is a chronic disease in the form of metabolic disorders characterized by blood sugar levels that exceed normal limits. The International Diabetes Federation (IDF) organization identified that Indonesia ranks 7th among 10 countries with the highest number of sufferers, namely 10.7 million people in the age range of 20-79 years.
Diabetes is one of the most common diseases suffered by the elderly. This is due to a variety of factors, from an unhealthy lifestyle in youth to increased insulin resistance with age.
The problem is, sometimes the symptoms of diabetes itself are not very clear. Many elderly people think that the symptoms that arise are changes in body functions due to the aging process, so they do not realize they have diabetes. The elderly only realized it after experiencing complications such as damage to several organs of the body, such as the kidneys, arteries, eyes, or nerves.
Common symptoms that need to be watched out for include urinating more, thirsty, hungry easily, decreased muscle mass, weight loss, weakness, blurred vision, wounds that are difficult to heal, and easy infection. If the elderly experience symptoms as above, it is necessary to check thoroughly whether these symptoms are a result of decreased body functions due to the aging process or indeed lead to symptoms of diabetes.
It's easier if you do prevention from a young age so you don't suffer from diabetes in the future. These preventions include routinely checking blood sugar levels, having a healthy diet, exercising regularly, being disciplined in consuming prescription drugs from doctors, controlling blood pressure, controlling cholesterol levels in the body, not smoking, having regular eye exams, taking care of teeth and gums, and check the condition of the feet.
Currently, mDoc is also preparing a Home Monitoring Program for Diabetes Mellitus, where patients can check their blood sugar levels at home independently but are recorded automatically into the system using an FDA-certified device, making it easier for patients to save medical records for checking blood sugar levels. blood and monitor blood sugar levels without the hassle.