Getting older

Being diagnosed with type 2 diabetes can affect many aspects of your life – whether you work, travel, play sport, or are preparing for retirement. And although this change in lifestyle can feel overwhelming at times, working closely with your diabetes healthcare team will make it easier and enable you to Live your life! 

Managing your diabetes requires a balance between healthy eating, regular exercise and treatment. Your healthcare team is there to support you – and most important person in the team is you. Taking responsibility for the various aspects of your diabetes will enable you to feel more confident about managing your diabetes effectively.

Type 2 diabetes represents 85 – 90% of all cases

Type 2 diabetes usually develops in people over 45

Although most areas of care in diabetes are the same for all ages, there are a few elements that are specific to being older.

Diabetes NSW has a range of information to assist you in understanding your condition and giving you the knowledge to make informed decisions. This information has been put together to help you to make diabetes fit into your life, and not to fit your life into diabetes.

Caring for elderly or disabled people with diabetes



Hyman Goldstein and Diabetes NSW CEO, Sturt Eastwood

Hyman Goldstein – Diabetes NSW Ambassador

In July 2003, I had my left hip replaced due to increasing pain and loss of mobility – I was 59 years old. A routine blood test revealed high blood sugars. As my health improved, I undertook more exercise and tried to lose weight to combat the problem but despite losing some weight, I remained “pre-diabetic”.

I was overwhelmed when I was originally diagnosed with pre-diabetes because it’s difficult to manage and it comes with a negative long-term prognosis.

On 24 December 2004, while I was travelling to Queensland with my wife and children, I was involved in a head-on collision.   Read more

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