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The Madison Senior Living Diabetes Awareness in the Community

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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 Madison 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 l is a genetic condition that shows up early in life and Type 2 is lifestyle related and develops over time. Some early signs and symptoms of diabetes are increased thirst, frequent urination, increased hunger, fatigue, blurred vision, and slow-healing sores. Comorbidities that could arise because of diabetes include obesity, hypertension, heart disease, kidney disease, and sleep disorders.

 

Lifestyle changes that can be made to decrease the risk of diabetes are staying active, healthy eating, and losing weight. Being overweight, family history, age, not being physically active are some obstacles for at-risk Americans.

 

We support our residents that have diabetes by being open to the kind of help they want, not judging, serving them a variety of foods, and offering mental and emotional support.

 

It is important to know the signs and symptoms of diabetes. The Wellness Team of  The Madison 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.