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A Comprehensive Guide to Diabetes

Diabetes is a disease that involves problems with hormone insulin, affecting your blood sugar levels, and brings with it new challenges as you grow older. Monitoring your diet and blood sugar is an issue for diabetics of any age. However, aging in place makes it more important than ever to streamline your self-care.

You may be checking labels with reading glasses or bifocals and doing your daily exercise with less of your former agility. As you think of proper diabetic foot care, you must also need to take conscious care to prevent falls.

And as you manage your insulin, you may also be managing new health and mobility issues

Symptoms of Diabetes

Diabetes symptoms are the result of rising blood sugar; general symptoms can include:

  • Increased hunger
  • Increased thirst
  • Blurry vision
  • Constant urination
  • Fatigue
  • Unexplained weight loss
  • Skin infections or slow healing sores
  • Tingling or numbness in the hands and feet

Risk Factors for Diabetes

  • Weight
  • Inactivity
  • Family history
  • Age
  • High blood pressure

Diabetes Complications

When your blood sugar runs too high you risk damaging organs and tissues throughout your whole body. The higher your blood sugar is and the longer you leave it untreated, the more at risk you are for complications, such as:

  • Heart Disease/Heart Attack
  • Stroke
  • Hearing Loss
  • Vision Loss
  • Dementia
  • Depression
  • Skin Conditions
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