Diabetes can be a constant threat to older adults. Changes to lifestyle and diet can put seniors at higher risk for developing this increasingly prevalent disease as they get older. In November, the American Diabetes Association is hosting American Diabetes Month, an initiative aimed at raising awareness of the seriousness of the ailment, the effect it can have on people and what can be done to help prevent it.
Diabetes and seniors
According to the ADA, diabetes is one of the most prevalent diseases in the U.S., affecting roughly 30 million people nationwide. On top of this, another 86 million Americans have what is called prediabetes – a condition in which blood glucose levels are higher than normal, but not elevated enough to warrant a full-fledged diagnosis – these individuals are at a much higher risk of developing Type 2 diabetes, the source noted.
Diabetes can affect people of all age groups, but seniors in particular are at risk.