senior women enjoying a meal together in the kitchenDiabetes affects everyone, from new born to elderly.

Elderly persons however, have an increased risk of developing diabetes. Though scientists have been unable to track exactly why it occurs, there are several behaviors and factors that contribute to the risk of diabetes. Overall, poor health choices put one at risk for numerous diseases, diabetes among them. In addition, a family history of diabetes increases this risk.

Carrying Excessive Weight: If you or a loved one is overweight, you may be at risk for diabetes. The body must work more to function correctly, and this can harm the pancreas, along with other organs. Eating properly to lose the weight is a must, as is exercise. For those with limited mobility, an exercise regimen can be formulated around those issues.

Eating Excessive Sugar: Because the pancreas produces insulin to regulate blood sugar, consistent spike in blood sugar may make it work harder than needs be. Controlling, not completely cutting out sugar, is a good start, as if eating less processed sugars.

Prediabetes: Prediabetes refers to impaired glucose tolerance (IGT) and/or impaired fasting glucose (IFG). Impaired glucose tolerance is defined as two-hour glucose levels of 140 to 199 mg per dL (7.8 to 11.0 mmol) on the 75-g oral glucose tolerance test, and impaired fasting glucose is defined as glucose levels of 100 to 125 mg per dL (5.6 to 6.9 mmol per L) in fasting patients. These glucose levels are above normal but below the level that is diagnostic for diabetes. Though less than 13% of overweight persons will develop diabetes, over 70% of prediabetics will. This is a factor you must check out and discuss with your doctor.

Lifestyle interventions can be the difference between having to take insulin three to four times a day and living an easily. Make one, or two, today.

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