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Healthy living is about building and sustaining healthy habits. Now in its second year, AARP’s Healthy Living initiative has launched programs of value to consumers of all ages. Part of what makes the programs unique, however, is that they equip people ages 50+ with information and tools they can use to help them manage changes that come with age.
Most people have heard of diabetes, but many people haven’t heard of prediabetes. [1] Prediabetes is a condition where blood sugar levels are high but not high enough to be considered type 2 diabetes, a disease where the body can’t properly use insulin, the hormone that regulates blood sugar.
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You’ve probably heard of diabetes—but what about prediabetes? Prediabetes is a condition where blood sugar levels are high, but not high enough to qualify as diabetes. While almost half of older adults have prediabetes, nearly nine out of ten don’t know they have it. That’s why having this conversation is so important.
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Taking steps to live a healthier life is very important to millions of consumers, but many don’t know where to turn or how to engage.
You’ve probably heard of diabetes—but what about prediabetes? Prediabetes is a condition where blood sugar levels are high, but not high enough to qualify as diabetes. While almost half of older adults have prediabetes, nearly nine out of ten don’t know they have it. That’s why having this conversation is so important.
Nearly half (48 percent) of U.S. adults ages 65 and older have pre-diabetes, meaning their blood sugar levels are high enough to put them at risk for developing type 2 diabetes. Diabetes is associated with a host of health complications, including stroke, kidney disease, blindness, and even amputations of the legs and feet.
Tom Hanks Diabetes Announcement
In a surprise announcement, Tom Hanks, 57, revealed on the Late Show with David Letterman that he has diabetes. While on the show to promote his new film Captain Phillips, he told Letterman that he learned at age 36 that he had high blood sugar. Recently his doctor told him: "You've graduated. You've got type 2 diabetes, young man." Hanks said the doctor also told him that if he could return to his high school weight, he'd be "completely healthy" and avoid type 2 diabetes. Hanks replied: "Then I'm going to have type 2 diabetes." He joked he weighed about 98 pounds in high school.
What you need to look for when caring for an older person with diabetes
With a U.S. diabetic population of 26.9% age 65+, or 10.9 million, caregivers must be careful observers. If your parent or spouse has diabetes and is over age 65, read on. Their condition is unique to their age, but it's not always treated that way.
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