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Older Adults and Diabetes

March 22nd is the American Diabetes Association’s alert day, and diabetes is one of several conditions that affects older adults in large numbers. According to the American Diabetes Association, 25% of adults over 60 have diabetes, which can have profound effects on an older adult’s longevity, functional status, and risk for hospitalization. Diabetes is a condition in which the body either does not produce any insulin (Type 1) or does not produce sufficient insulin or is insulin resistant (type 2) leading to high blood sugar levels. Having high blood sugar can damage the eyes and kidneys, raise blood pressure, and can increase the risk of stroke.  If you would like to learn more, click here to download the American Diabetes Association’s guide for healthy living with diabetes for adults 55 and up.