Smile Senior Care is observing National Diabetes Month. It is very important for senior health to manage and prevent this condition. Here is a quick overview of what diabetes is:1 2
Diabetes can be controlled by diet and exercise. In more advanced cases, medication is needed. You can live a normal lifestyle with diabetes with a few minor changes to your daily habits. Blood sugar levels should be tested to make sure that it is within a healthy range. If you have been recently diagnosed with diabetes, it can be difficult to remember to test your levels. You can ask your home care aide to remind you.
This month, our focus will be on diabetes and the management and prevention of the condition. If you have any special tips and instructions on how you manage your diabetes, please feel free to share them in the comment section. You may be helping one of your fellow seniors.
- Diabetes mellitus refers to a group of diseases that affect how your body uses blood glucose, commonly called blood sugar. Glucose is vital to your health because it’s an important source of energy for the cells that make up your muscles and tissues. It’s also your brain’s main source of fuel.
Chronic diabetes conditions include type 1 diabetes and type 2 diabetes. Potentially reversible diabetes conditions include prediabetes — when your blood sugar levels are higher than normal, but not high enough to be classified as diabetes — and gestational diabetes, which occurs during pregnancy but may resolve after the baby is delivered. ↩
- Here are just a few of the recent statistics on diabetes:
- Nearly 26 million children and adults in the United States have diabetes.
- Another 79 million Americans have prediabetes and are at risk for developing type 2 diabetes.
- The American Diabetes Association estimates that the total national cost of diagnosed diabetes in the United States is $245 billion.