Seniors and Type 2 Diabetes, Part Two

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In part one of this blog series, we talked about type 2 diabetes, and more specifically, what it is and some of the factors that can cause it. In part two of our blog series, we will look more closely into some of the symptoms of type 2 diabetes, as well as some of the actions that you can take to help lower your risk of developing this disease.

Symptoms of Type 2 Diabetes

While type 2 diabetes have a variety of different symptoms, some are more common than others. One common sign that you may have diabetes is a feeling of tingling or numbness in your arms, legs, hands and feet. This is because of a lack of or decrease in circulation in your body, causing you to feel these sensations in your extremities. You may also notice a lack of feeling or an uncomfortable burning sensation as well.

Another common symptom of possible diabetes development has to do with your weight. If you find that you’ve been either rapidly gaining or losing weight, there’s a chance that this may be a sign of you developing type 2 diabetes. This is because of your body trying to compensate for lost energy. Either of these should serve as warning signs for you, and whether they are indicators of diabetes or otherwise, you should determine what the cause of your weight fluctuation is as soon as possible.

Arguably the most common and easy to notice symptom of diabetes is an increased thirst as well as higher than average levels of urination. While this could also be a sign of dehydration, if you find that you are constantly thirsty and also urinating more than usual, it’s entirely possible that you may have developed type 2 diabetes.

How Can I Lower My Risk of Diabetes?

While some people are more susceptible to developing diabetes than others, there are many things that you can do to lower your risk of developing it. In part one of our blog series, we talked about a few of the causes, and some of the best ways to decrease your risk of developing diabetes are directly tied to these causes. As stated earlier, obesity puts people at a higher risk of developing diabetes. With this in mind, a great way to lower your risk of developing diabetes is to increase your level of physical activity. Even a modest increase in physical activity can lower your risk of diabetes, though regular physical activity is recommended for people of all ages, as doing so is linked to an extensive array of health benefits. Additionally, if you’re a person whose diet could use a bit of an overhaul in favor of more healthy options, doing so will provide you with a lower risk of developing diabetes. Cutting out foods that are high in sugar in favor of fresh vegetables, fruits and foods that are high in fiber will help you in lowering your risk.

Those are just a few symptoms of type 2 diabetes, as well as a few ways that you can lower your risk of developing this disease. Marketplace Agency and Elder Care Associates is proud to provide seniors in Harrisonburg with high quality Medicare, Medigap, Medicaid and other senior health insurance plans. To learn more about our Harrisonburg senior medical insurance agency, contact us today.

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