It was November 1975 when the American Diabetes Association (ADA) first declared November National Diabetes Awareness Month. While diabetes is a common condition among Americans, there are still many Americans that are unaware of what diabetes is, who is at risk, and what chronic conditions can result from the disease. For example, most Americans with diabetes have Type 2, which is highly preventable with diet, exercise, education, and understanding of the disease. As Director of Wellness at The Township Senior Living, it is up to me to spread awareness and provide education for diabetes.
The difference between Type 1 and Type 2 diabetes is Type 1 is caused by the body's immune system damaging the pancreas; therefore, no insulin can be manufactured by the body. With Type 2, the body either develops a resistance to insulin or not enough insulin is produced. Some early signs and symptoms of diabetes are severe dehydration, frequent urination, and ketones in the urine.
Comorbidities of diabetes are hypertension, cardiac dysrhythmias, skin concerns, and acquired hypothyroidism. The best lifestyle changes for someone with Type 2 diabetes are with their diet and exercise. Two of the biggest obstacles for at-risk Americans are poor diet and poor self-monitoring of glucose levels.
We support our residents by offering good food choices, encouraging activities, and monitoring blood glucose levels.
It is important to know the signs and symptoms of diabetes. The Wellness Team of The Township Senior Living is highly trained to recognize, educate, and help with the prevention of diabetes. We are also skilled with assisting residents currently afflicted with the disease.