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Two Simple Steps for Managing Type 2 Diabetes

According to 2010 data published by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, 10.9 million people over the age of 65 suffer from type 2 (adult-onset) diabetes. And while many people know that they are diabetic, there’s a significant percentage that go undiagnosed. If you find that you are often thirsty, have to go the bathroom frequently, feel hungry or tired, lose weight without trying, experience tingling in the feet, have dry itchy skin, or suffer from poor eyesight, you may want to consult your doctor about the possibility of diabetes.

While diabetes has no cure, controlling blood glucose, blood pressure, and cholesterol can prevent or delay the onset of type 2 diabetes, or limit the disease’s harmful health effects. Here are two important steps you can take:

  1. Maintain a reasonable body weight to control high blood pressure and enable your body to make insulin effectively.
  2. Exercise regularly with the goal of 150 minutes of physical activity each week.

For more ways to control type 2 diabetes, please visit:

National Institutes of Health: Senior Health—Diabetes
http://nihseniorhealth.gov/diabetes/toc.html

American Diabetes Association
http://www.diabetes.org/

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Last Modified: 12/31/1600

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