More on Diabetes

by Lois Etienne on September 10, 2012

in Diabetes,Lifestyle,Senior Health and Safety

Diabetes can wreak havoc on the body. The Archives of Ophthalmology reports that visual impairment in older people appears to be more common in people with diabetes than in those without the disease.

An estimated 11 percent of American adults with diabetes had some form of visual impairment (3.8 percent uncorrectable and 7.2 percent correctable), while only 5.9 percent of those without diabetes had some form of visual impairment (1.4 percent uncorrectable and 4.5 percent correctable), according to the study.

Also, a recent Swedish study, reported by the American Diabetes Association, found that the lifestyles of women in their 50s and early 60s who lived alone greatly increased their chances of developing diabetes. Those women were 2.68 times more likely to develop diabetes than those who lived with other adults or children. Some of the increased risk in this study was associated with increased cigarette consumption.

Start with your doctor to develop a plan that could help you avoid this disease. He’s going to tell you what other studies have confirmed: manage your weight, stop smoking, eat small, more frequent meals, get moderate exercise and decrease your stress. But you also need to see your doctors regularly AND enjoy a full social life, whether you live alone or not. Need some social situation ideas? Why not consider joining friends for lunch at a senior center or local coffee shop. Or consider seeking the support of a professional caregiving company. Shopping, meal preparation and mealtime companionship are among the most requested services provided by local Home Instead Senior Care® CAREGiversSM, who are screened, trained, bonded and insured.

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