Nov 7, 2017 by Tracy Kelley
November is American Diabetes Month, and it's a time to raise awareness about this deadly condition. According to the American Diabetes Association, 1 in 10 Americans have diabetes and another 84 million adults are at high risk of developing type 2 diabetes. Explore the topic and find out what you need to know to protect yourself and your elderly loved one from type 2 diabetes.
Seniors are most likely to have type 2 diabetes, which is also called adult-onset diabetes. It is one of the leading causes of disability and death in the United States. The good news is that type 2 diabetes, and the risk for developing it, can be managed by lowering risk through healthy changes. These changes include eating healthy, getting more exercise, and losing weight.
Encourage your senior loved one to eat healthier, get more physical activity, and focus on losing excess weight. Also, making sure your senior loved one gets to his or her doctor for regular checkups is also a good idea.
With type 2 diabetes, the body begins to be resistant to insulin, which is the chemical the body makes to convert sugar to energy. When sugar from foods can't be converted, it builds up in the bloodstream, and causes damage to the organs, eyes, and cardiovascular system.
While testing the blood is the only true way to diagnose diabetes, the following are symptoms that indicate your senior loved one is at risk for developing type 2 diabetes, or has already:
Working in the senior home care field, we can tell you that elderly populations are at a greater risk of developing type 2 diabetes, so it's important to watch out for symptoms and to address concerns with your senior loved one’s doctor.