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It is Diabetes Awareness Month: What you should know

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As we get older, our bodies change. General aches and pains can become more acute and what seems like routine ailments turn more severe.

Diabetes is one common disease among the elderly that can cause organ damage due to high levels of sugar in the bloodstream. The disease has two Types, with varying symptoms. But generally, these include slowly healing bruises, skin infections, constant thirst, fatigue and weight loss among others.

Diabetes is certainly not a disease to be ignored. If blood sugar levels get too high, the dangers of kidney disease, and increased risks for stroke, heart attack and Alzheimer’s become quite real. The challenges of keeping the disease in check can become even bigger for those in assisted living, but there are plenty of ways in which an assisted living situation can help manage it.

One of the main ways assisted living helps residents combat their diabetic symptoms is with a clearly communicated treatment plan. With the shared understanding and expectations among residents, their families and staff, an effective plan can be carried out.

A balanced diet is crucial to maintain or change blood sugar levels, and the variety of options that most assisted living facilities offer is key to the residents’ control over their diet.

Exercise often goes hand-in-hand with diet and being active can improve ones’ health and help to regulate blood sugar levels. Most assisted living communities provide ample opportunity for exercise, be it with programs at a fitness center, swimming pool, or various outings.

For seniors with diabetes, joining an assisted living community, or adjusting the routine they currently have, does not mean it will reduce their quality of life or independence.

Often, it has just the opposite effect.

When the details of your unique situation are communicated properly and understood by all involved, the challenges of living with diabetes in an assisted living facility can be greatly reduced. Through a balanced diet, exercise, and immediate support, seniors can thrive when managing such a disease.

For more information on and how assisted living can help with your specific needs and diabetic care considerations, visit our website or call 815-787-6500.

Heritage Woods of DeKalb

2626 N. Annie Glidden Rd

DeKalb, IL 60115