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Published On: Wed, Oct 29th, 2014

Why Diabetes Is One Of The Greatest Threats To Older Adults Now

Recently, the U.S. Preventative Services Task Force published a press release revealing that Type 2 diabetes is on the rise amongst U.S. adults who are older than 45 years old. The report notes that diabetes has become so prevalent that it has reached “epidemic levels.” Medical professional recommend that seniors stay active and each right to prevent obesity, which can be a major contributing factor for diabetes.

Medical complications of Obesity Image/CDC

Medical complications of Obesity
Image/CDC

Higher Obesity Rates

Obesity is inextricably linked to diabetes. Doctors recommend that patients take preventative measure such as adjusting their diets or exercising regularly in order to reduce the risk of diabetes or get symptoms under control. Unfortunately, more Americans are overweight or obese now than at any point in history. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) explain that about 34.9% of Americans are obese, which is over a third of the nation’s population.

Inactivity

Sedentary lifestyles can increase your risks for obesity and diabetes. The American Heart Association recommends that Americans partake in at least 150 minutes of moderate exercise each week. This breaks down to about 20 minutes of activity each day. If you’re having a difficult time finding ways to exercise, then consider walking to work, getting a standing desk, or investing in home gym equipment.

Overlooked Symptoms

Type 2 diabetes can easily slip under the radar, since some people might believe that the symptoms are merely signs of old age. Diabetes is characterized by sluggishness, energy changes, sleep changes, and the need to urinate often. Your body has a difficult time processing energy correctly, which can result in energy crashes. If you feel like your energy levels aren’t normal, it’s crucial to speak to a medical professional about your concerns, rather than just assuming that these are just symptoms of old age. Not everyone experiences diabetes symptoms all at once or in the same way. Your experience of these symptoms might go overlooked for a significant period of time if you don’t regularly meet with a physician. This can increase your risk of developing an abnormal blood sugar and suffering severe diabetes symptoms.

Don’t attempt to diagnose yourself. Contact a medical professional if you have any questions regarding your health. Since dietary and weight management issues are becoming so prevalent, adults living in the U.S. should be wary of symptoms that might be early warning signs of diabetes.

Author: Lolita Di

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