Seniors Can Prevent Diabetes By Following Simple Steps
Type 2 diabetes risks increase dramatically with age. Senior Helpers, a local and national leading provider of in-home care services for seniors is sponsoring American Diabetes Alert Day on March 23. They are encouraging families and seniors to discuss diabetes prevention and find ways to lessen the impact of the disease on our population.
“The population as a whole is aging and the number of seniors dealing with diabetes continues to climb,” said Peter Ross, CEO of Senior Helpers. “The risk of developing type 2 diabetes increases dramatically with age. It’s important for seniors and their families to realize that there are ways to reduce the potential impact of diabetes on quality of life.”
The press release gave recent facts about seniors and diabetes risks according to the American Diabetes Association. Of the 24 million Americans that have diabetes, 23 percent of them are 60 years or older. Half of the adults with adult onset diabetes, or type 2 diabetes, are over 55 years of age.
Seniors are also more likely to be susceptible to other ailments caused by diabetes, “including kidney problems, blindness, heart disease, stroke and high blood pressure.” The ADA also states that the total cost of diabetes diagnosis and treatment expenses is estimated at more than $200 billion per year.
Not surprising, the best way to help prevent diabetes in seniors is physical activity and a healthy diet. the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) suggests exercising at least 30 minutes a day, 5 or more times per week.
Exercising is a great way for everyone to keep healthy blood glucose levels. Activity improves the body's use of insulin, helps control weight gain, decreases risks of heart disease and improves cholesterol levels.
“Families should consider diabetes as it relates to care and arrangements for elderly loved ones,” said Ross. “Small things like making sure transportation is available, encouraging exercise and preventing isolation can really make all the difference. Professional caregivers can help by providing these services and motivating seniors to remain physically active, healthy and sustain a high quality of life.”