Posted February 1, 2013 by Michael J. Kora in Senior Living

Focusing on diabetes in the older adult population

In the U.S., there are practically 26 million persons living with diabetes and way more seniors have diabetes than any other age group &ndash 10.9 million, or 26.9 %, of all people age 65 and older.

&ldquoCurrently, one particular in 4 Americans more than the age of 60 is living with diabetes and there is a fabulous will need for further education among older adults,&rdquo says Dr. Vanessa Jones Briscoe, Chair of the Older Adult Subcommittee and Board Member for the American Diabetes Association.

In 2012 the American Diabetes Association launched its Senior Signature Series. The series looks to expand education and outreach efforts to seniors across the country. The series incorporates half-day educational events for individuals age 50 years and older to understand extra about diabetes, quite a few resources, helpful supplies and health screenings. Its aim is to educate older adults about how they can decrease their danger of diabetes and its complications. As a result of of its amazing good results in 2012, the series will be back in 2013, and will consist of even even more dates and locations across the country.

&ldquoThrough continuing our Senior Signature Series, the American Diabetes Association will supply the recommendations and resources necessary to support seniors address the challenge of preventing form two diabetes and keeping diabetes therapy from impairing their lifestyle, or slowing them down,&rdquo Briscoe says. &ldquoThe educational resources in the series are necessary not only for these older adults living with diabetes, but for their family members or caregivers as nicely.&rdquo

1 way to lessen your threat of developing diabetes, or to greater manage it, is physical activity. Added benefits include:

* Enhancing your A1C, a test that measures your typical blood glucose (sugar) manage, blood pressure and cholesterol
* Having a lot more power
* Burning calories to help you shed or sustain your weight
* Keeping your joint versatile
* Enhancing your balance to avoid falls
* Lowering your risk for heart disease and stroke

Practically all older adults who develop diabetes have kind two diabetes, and older adults with diabetes quite often have high blood pressure, higher cholesterol, infections that heal gradually and they are at threat for heart attack, stroke and kidney failure. Seniors with diabetes are also way more probably to have memory troubles and depression. Awareness and education is critical in helping seniors to lead healthier lives.

For significantly more facts, or to download the &ldquoLiving Healthy with Diabetes&rdquo guide for adults 55 and up, pay a visit to diabetes.org.

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Michael J. Kora