More than one quarter of all senior citizens suffer from diabetes, a disease that grows increasingly dangerous as the body grows older. The most prevalent diabetic condition is Type 2 diabetes, which also happens to be the type that can be prevented through lifestyle and behavioral changes. In order to avoid this serious disease, individuals can monitor the quantity and quality of their meals, engage in physical activity, choose to drink water over sugary beverages, avoid smoking, and routinely visit the doctor for physical exams and checkups.
- It is very important for senior citizens to not only monitor what their diet consists of, but also how much they are consuming
- Sugary beverages are major risk factors for the development of type 2 diabetes, so it is always better to forgo the unhealthy drinks and choose water instead
- Senior citizens should be in the habit of routinely visiting their doctors for physical exams and checkups for a number of reasons, including to ensure that diabetes has not developed
“Having diabetes can lead to serious complications over time, including heart disease, kidney damage and vision loss – but in many cases, the damage is preventable.”