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Diabetes as a Common Health Concern for Seniors

by Frank Herold
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DiabetesinSeniors.jpegIn 2012, around 26% or 11.8 million seniors were reported as living with diabetes. With a quarter of the over-65 population having this disease, it is quite a common health concern for seniors and should be planned for accordingly. 

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Type 2 diabetes is the most common kind of diabetes in seniors, as well as the most common type of diabetes. Also known as adult-onset diabetes, it occurs when the body produces insulin, but doesn't use it properly. Having type 2 diabetes can be very dangerous due to the numerous complications. Seniors with diabetes are 70 percent more likely to be hospitalized than their peers. Heart attacks, kidney disease, risk of limb amputation, nerve damage, and a heightened risk of Alzheimer's disease are all linked to this form of diabetes.

Diabetes can be tough to manage, but education and proactiveness can help. Luckily, diet is often at the front line for fighting diabetes. Seniors with diabetes should increase exercise and limit calories, sugar, sodium, or carbohydrates at the direction of their physician.

When searching for places for retirement, you should look for communities that have support for patients that have or may develop diabetes. Since improper diabetes management can lead to serious consequences, some retirement communities offer specialized care and diet plans for their residents. Communities that are best equipped to deal with diabetic residents are staffed with professionals who are ready to provide preventative measures, as well as help you manage diabetes or respond to any emergencies.

If you or your loved one is at risk for or has diabetes, Sarasota Bay Club is a retirement community with staff designed for emergency and long-term care. Sarasota Bay Club is an ideal place for seniors living with chronic diseases.

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