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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.

Seniors and Type 2 Diabetes, Part One

Marketplace Agency and Elder Care Associates is proud to serve seniors in the greater Harrisonburg area with the best options for Medicare, Medigap, Medicaid and other types of senior health insurance. Our professional agents work with you to help you find a health plan that best suits your needs, providing you with exactly the options that best suit your lifestyle. We are committed to quality, ensuring that all of our customers are given the best service possible. To learn more about our Harrisonburg senior insurance agency, contact Marketplace Agency and Elder Care Associates today.

One of the most common health issues that seniors may encounter is diabetes. While there are many factors that can cause the development of diabetes, there are many things that you can do to prevent yourself from developing it as well. Because of the commonality of diabetes, we’ve decided to dedicate a series of blogs to it. In part one of this blog series, we will give you an overview of the disease as well as some of the causes of it.

What is Diabetes?

There are two types of diabetes, most commonly referred to as simply Type 1 and Type 2 diabetes. Type 1 diabetes usually develops in people before adulthood. This type of diabetes is caused by your body failing to produce sufficient amounts of insulin, which causes your blood sugar and energy levels to be low. Type 1 diabetes is the less common variant of the two, and for seniors, it’s type 2 diabetes that is of a higher level of concern. A majority of people who are diabetic have type 2 diabetes, which is caused by excess blood sugar as well as low levels of insulin. While type 1 diabetes can be chronic, type 2 diabetes can be brought on by a variety of factors, some of which we will look at in the next section.

What Causes Type 2 Diabetes?

While diabetes can be hereditary or genetic, type 2 diabetes can develop because of a person’s lifestyle. One of the causes of type 2 diabetes in seniors is a lack of physical activity. We’ve discussed the importance of staying active in previous blog posts, and fighting off the risk of diabetes is just one of the many advantages that you can enjoy by exercising more frequently. While some people are more susceptible to developing type 2 diabetes than others, staying active will help ensure that your risk is lower than it already was.

Another cause of type 2 diabetes has to do with weight and diet. If you’re overweight or obese, you are at a higher risk of developing type 2 diabetes than someone who is at a healthier weight. Even the slightest bit of weight loss can be of great benefit for someone who is overweight, helping reduce their risk of developing type 2 diabetes. Additionally, your diet also plays a role in your risk of developing the disease. Eating foods that are high in sugar and fats can not only contribute to being overweight, but it can also put you at greater risk of developing diabetes. Taking control of both of these factors are a great way to lower your risk.We will take a deeper look at this in part two of our blog series.

We hope you found this information on type 2 diabetes, as well as some of its causes, useful. We will continue this discussion in part two of our blog series, but until then, for all of your Harrisonburg Medicare, Medicaid, or Medigap insurance needs, Marketplace Agency and Elder Care Associates is here for you. We work hard to help you find the perfect healthcare plan that best suits your needs and lifestyle, and we want nothing more than for our customers to be happy and in the best of health. Contact us today to learn more about our Harrisonburg senior medical insurance agency.