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Take the First Step to Prevent Diabetes

3/2/2012 3

If you or someone you know is living with diabetes and requires therapeutic diet, you are not alone. The prevalence of Diabetes continues to grow, and in 2010. 26% of U.S. residents ages 65 and older were living with Diabetes according tothe National Diabetes Information Clearing House. On top of that, an estimated 54 million persons have pre-diabetes, a condition in which a person’s bloodglucose level is above normal, but not yet in the range of a diagnosis of diabetes. People with pre-diabetes can prevent or delay the onset of diabetesthrough lifestyle changes of increasing physical activity levels and losing 5% to 7% of body weight. If you are 65 or older, take the first step, and ask your doctor, “Am I at risk for diabetes?”


Accordingthe Mayo Clinic, “’diabetes mellitus’ refers to a group of diseases that affecthow your body uses blood glucose, commonly called blood sugar. Glucose is vital to your health because it's an important source of energy for the cells thatmake up your muscles and tissues.”


Having diabetes or caring for someone with diabetes is challenging because it requiressticking to a low glycemic and scheduled diet, but even small daily changes can make a big impact on health and wellbeing. Simple steps such as eating regularly and responsibly throughout the day and walking can help. Try switching out white potatoes and processed foods containing white flour or rice with sweet potatoes and brown rice to satisfy your hunger in a healthier way.


Tolearn more about Diabetes, visit the American Diabetes Association. You may also qualify for a free blood glucose testfor people at risk for diabetes. Visit www.medicare.gov or call 1–800–MEDICARE to learn more.