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November 26, 2019
November is Diabetes Awareness Month and we’d like to share helpful tips and information about one of the most common conditions experienced by older adults. You might be surprised to learn that of all age groups, seniors are the most likely to develop diabetes.
According to the American Diabetes Association, about 25% of adults over the age of 65 are living with diabetes in the United States. If you or a loved one has diabetes, continue reading to learn how you can manage it and live a healthier lifestyle.
Diabetes is a disease that develops when a person’s blood sugar level, also known as blood glucose, is too high. Insulin is a hormone that helps your body process glucose from the food you eat for energy, or will store it for future use. If your body doesn’t produce enough insulin or doesn’t use it effectively, glucose doesn’t get distributed in your body and can cause health issues, including diabetes.
There are several forms of diabetes. The most common types are prediabetes, gestational, type 1 and type 2.
Unfortunately, there is no cure for diabetes. That said, there are several viable treatment options. Usually, type 1 is managed with dietary changes and insulin injections. Type 2 is treated with insulin, other medications, exercise and healthy lifestyle changes such as a low-calorie diet and weight loss.
While diabetes is not always preventable, there are several changes you can make to reduce your risk of developing diabetes or prevent it from getting worse if you have been diagnosed with prediabetes:
If you or someone you know is dealing with diabetes, do your part to spread awareness to help prevent future cases from arising. Make a pledge this November to adopt healthy habits and encourage your loved ones to do the same.
Since 2012, Episcopal SeniorLife Communities has offered Neighborhood Programs to seniors who live in the community to promote health and wellness. Three key elements that support healthy aging are exercise, fun and friendship. These programs provide nutrition education, informative presentations and best of all, the opportunity to connect with others.
Additionally, moving to a senior living community is a great way to ensure you have access to everything you need to stay happy and healthy as you age. At ESLC, services and amenities are designed with seniors in mind. Contact us today to learn more about our living options for seniors.