Using Diet and Exercise to Control Diabetes | The Bridges at Warwick
Controlling Diabetes with Diet & Exercise
Diabetes is a widespread problem in America with 1.4 million Americans diagnosed with diabetes each year and even more left undiagnosed. According to the Center for Disease Control (CDC) , out of 29.1 million Americans with diabetes in 2012, only 21 million were diagnosed. Out of those who were ages 45 to 64, 13.4 million had diabetes and 11.2 million of those 65 and older were also affected by it, showing that as we age, the more the risk of diabetes increases. Fortunately, with education, and good diet and exercise habits, seniors can control and manage their diabetes.
According to Sue Sunderland, Executive Director at The Bridges at Warwick, a senior living community in Jamison, PA, those with type 2 diabetes can do quite a few things to help control their disease. Seniors who live with diabetes know that its more than possible to live a great life even with the disease. It just takes more self-care, she states. By following a meal plan that is healthy and by exercising regularly, seniors are able to control their blood sugar and reduce their risks for further complications that can possibly occur, such as heart disease or stroke.
As one of the most serious diseases, it is important to take action to put the control back in your own hands.
A common misconception about diabetes is that a special diet is needed in order to best control the disease. According to an article titled Diabetes Myths " from the American Diabetes Association, those with diabetes do not need to adhere to a specific and special diet, but simply need t Continue reading