More than a quarter of Americans over age 65 have diabetes. The American Diabetes Association (ADA) states most have Type 2 diabetes, which has a strong pre-determination linked to family history but can also be affected by lifestyle choices. Type 2 diabetes can be controlled, but if it's not, it can cause serious, even fatal, damage to the eyes, kidneys, nerves, heart, and teeth.
Everyone over age 40 should have a blood test screening for diabetes at least every 3 years, and those with risk factors should have it every year. The number one risk factor is being overweight. For both the treatment, and prevention, of diabetes:
Watch your diet carefully: By eating well-balanced meals in the correct amounts, you can keep your blood glucose levels as close to normal as possible. A dietician, or books such as the ADA's 101 Nutrition Tips for People with Diabetes, can help. If you consume alcohol, limit your intake to two drinks per day for men and one for women.
Lose weight: The ADA stresses that losing even a small amount of weight can help reduce your risk of complications from diabetes. A dietician can help you find ways to eat the foods you like while reducing your intake of calories.
Increase physical activity: A personal health coach can help you become more active. And it doesn't mean that you have to go to the gym; it can mean walking around your house or working in your yard. Exercise helps improve your strength, flexibility, and endurance. Try to get in 30 minutes of sustained exercise 5 times a week. Please speak with your doctor before starting an exercise program.
Sleep well and reduce stress: Getting the appropriate amount of rest and managing your stress will improve diabetes control.
Monitor your blood sugar and take your prescribed medications: By keeping track of your blood sugar, you can achieve better control of your diabetes. Always take your insulin or oral diabetes pills as prescribed by your doctor.
Dr. Robinson and Dr. Rekaby
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