In the U.S., there are nearly 26 million people living with diabetes and more seniors have diabetes than any other age group in 2013. Currently, one in four Americans (10.9 million, or 26.9 percent) over the age of 60 is living with diabetes. With age comes an increased risk for specific complications that require diligence and care to properly mitigate them. The majority of seniors with diabetes have type 2 diabetes. It occurs because the body is not making enough insulin or is not able to properly use the insulin it does make. Insulin helps our bodies use glucose for energy.
The good news is that there are things you can do to prevent these diabetes-related problems, no matter your age. Taking action now will help with your later years, so you can live a healthy life and see your grandchildren grow into beautiful and healthy men and women. And, it’s the perfect time to think about this because National Grandparents Day is September 13th.
Ways you can take control of your health include:
• Keep your blood glucose level under control. Talk to your doctor about the target range for your blood glucose.
• Make changes in your diet to lower your blood glucose and lower your risk for heart disease.
• Keep your blood pressure under control. The same lifestyle changes that control blood glucose levels (dietary modifications and exercise) may also help you keep your blood pressure at safe levels.
• Keep your cholesterol levels in normal range.
• Stop smoking. Smoking is bad for everyone. It increases your risk for heart disease and is even worse for people with diabetes because of the blood vessel damage it causes.
• Increase your physical activity. Exercise may even help to reduce anxiety and depression. Go out and play!
Managing your diabetes will require you to work together with your doctor. To learn more please visit the America Diabetes Association or visit http://diabetesstopshere.org/2013/09/06/seniors-with-diabetes-take-control-of-your-health.
Primeplus will be partnering with Senior Services to offer a Six-week workshop for people with diabetes and caretakers or loved ones of a person with Diabetes on August 9th. To sign up please call 757.625.5857