2015-11-20 / Community

Piper Shores: Age brings higher risks for developing Type 2 Diabetes

Type 2 Diabetes is a chronic condition that affects how the body metabolizes sugar. People can develop Type 2 Diabetes at any age, but older individuals are at higher risk. In fact, according to the American Diabetes Association, 12 million Americans over the age of 65 have Type 2 Diabetes; and it’s the seventh leading cause of death among this age group.

So why are seniors at risk? Mary DeSalle, G.N.P., Piper Shores’ Director of Community Health Services explains there are two primary reasons. “First, as you age, the cells in your pancreas also age and become inefficient, which alters insulin production. Second, people gain a lot of weight.” Whether or not you have Type 2 Diabetes, if you eat well and exercise regularly, then the cells in your body can use the sugar in your bloodstream more efficiently; this will allow you to lose weight and feel better.

For your health: Eat well-balanced meals that include lots of fruits and vegetables, whole grains, and lean protein; and walk 30 minutes a day.

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