Diabetes Alert Day
Get Tested for Diabetes
Diabetes is on the rise in the United States. Today, approximately 1 in 3 adults are at risk of developing type 2 diabetes, in part due to the aging population as well as the rise in obesity rates nationwide. While commonplace, diabetes is a serious condition that has no cure. While medications and behavioral changes can mitigate symptoms, developing diabetes can compromise many bodily systems and increase risks for other conditions, like kidney disease.
The American Diabetes Association is dedicated to spreading awareness and encouraging regular testing for this serious illness. The last Tuesday in March is American Diabetes Association Alert Day, so it’s the perfect time to schedule a type 2 diabetes risk assessment with your doctor!
What is Type 2 Diabetes?
Also referred to as adult-onset diabetes, type 2 diabetes is a condition that affects the ways in which the body processes glucose. In those who have type 2 diabetes, the body either doesn't produce enough insulin to regulate blood sugar or is unable to utilize insulin effectively. Diabetes can be contracted in many ways—some people are genetically predisposed to the condition, despite a lack of other precursors—but most individuals who develop diabetes later in life do so due to risk factors such as:
- Obesity and fat distribution
- History of polycystic ovary syndrome or heart disease
Obesity is considered the leading risk factor and contributes heavily to the development of type 2 diabetes in a majority of cases. While a chronic condition, diabetes can be prevented in many patients, even after a diagnosis of pre-diabetes. Lifestyle changes are very important to prevent the onset of diabetes and to manage the disease once diagnosed. Key strategies are weight loss, a healthier diet, and regular physical activity. These adjustments can make a significant difference, even for those who have already been diagnosed with type 2 diabetes.
Consequences of Type 2 Diabetes
Diabetes is a serious illness that can contribute to various symptoms and conditions that can be life-threatening. Those with diabetes are at increased risk for:
- Heart and blood vessel disease
- Neuropathy that can lead to amputation of toes, feet, and other extremities
- Kidney damage
- Damage to nerves in the eye, potentially causing blindness
- Slower healing times, leading to serious infections
- Hearing impairment
- Increased susceptibility to fungal and bacterial skin infections
- Sleep apnea
- Alzheimer's disease
Get Tested for Diabetes
Did you know 1 in 4 Americans are unaware they have diabetes? But awareness is the first step to prevention! American Diabetes Association Alert Day is dedicated to early detection, and Reformed Church Home strongly believes knowledge is power for our residents and their families. That’s why our Wellness team regularly reminds residents about important testing for diabetes and other health conditions.
If you have any of the risk factors for diabetes or simply want to take charge of your overall health, a type 2 diabetes test may be the right choice for you. Fast, simple, and effective, this test can identify if you have type 2 diabetes or are pre-diabetic, giving you the chance to make the lifestyle changes necessary to age graciously and in the best of health.
Reformed Church Home encourages all seniors to get tested for diabetes today!