A Touch of Sugar

A Touch of Sugar

Have you been recently diagnosed with diabetes? You are not alone, more than 100 million Americans have diabetes or prediabetes, and the number is steadily growing. There are two types of diabetes, type-1 diabetes and type-2 diabetes. In type-1 diabetes, the body cannot produce insulin which is a hormone that regulates the amount of sugar in the blood. In type-2 diabetes, the body can not properly use insulin. The most common form of diabetes is type 2, and it usually develops in adults over age 45. The cause of type-2 diabetes is still a mystery, but it is known that genetics and factors like being overweight play a role. The good news is that both types of diabetes are manageable. By exercising and eating healthy people diagnosed with diabetes can live an extraordinary life. There are also methods like insulin therapy and other treatments, that help individuals manage their condition. In the next few weeks, we will be breaking down...
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Diabetes Prevention and Management

Diabetes Prevention and Management

On Monday, our team at OurSeniors.net wrote a blog about the risk of diabetes in seniors. Today, as promised, we would like to explore the different ways our readers can prevent or manage diabetes. Diabetes is a chronic disease that affects how your body converts food into energy. People who suffer from diabetes either do not produce enough insulin or create too much insulin. This unstable production of insulin does not allow the body to use sugar carried in the blood for energy properly. Though there is no cure for diabetes, there are ways control and prevent the disease. Here are a few ways to manage/prevent diabetes Know your ABC’s Average blood glucose level in the past three months Blood Pressure Cholesterol numbers Stop smoking Healthy meal plans Whole grains Fruits Vegetables Lean Meats Low-fat dairy Fish Skinless poultry Be physically active daily Walk 10,000 steps Swim Dance Lightly jog Aside from all the tips above, seniors who have already been...
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Seniors and Diabetes

Seniors and Diabetes

Diabetes can affect people of all ages, but did you know it is more common in seniors? The Center for Disease Control and Prevention reports that about 25 percent of adults 65 and older have diabetes. That is over 12 million seniors living with the long-lasting health condition. Diabetes was the seventh leading cause of death in 2015 and is expected to continue rising according to the American Diabetes Association. A report by the CDC states that more than 7.2 million people are not aware of having diabetes. Since seniors are at a greater risk for developing diabetes it is important to know the risk factors. Risk factors that may lead to Diabetes: Smoking Being overweight or obese High blood pressure High cholesterol High blood sugar Physical inactivity Though diabetes is tough long-term illness, it is manageable and it’s impact on your life can be reduced. Visit us on Wednesday to learn more about diabetes and to find different ways to manage...
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