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Diabetes and Aging

Diabetes and Aging | Diabetes is a chronic condition and diet plays a big role in maintaining proper blood sugar levels, especially with the elderly. As the picture suggest, veggies and lean meats are the way to go. Also, stop eating junk!

It is never to late as well to change your diet and your palette will get use to the healthier foods you choose. | Diabetes and Aging

Type 1 and type 2 diabetes are both chronic conditions, but the difference between the two is that type 1 diabetes affects younger people, while type 2 diabetes is more common in older adults. In addition to age differences, there are also other distinguishing characteristics of each condition.

Type 1 diabetes (also called juvenile or childhood-onset) is an autoimmune disease that occurs when the body’s immune system mistakenly attacks insulin-producing cells in the pancreas. The pancreas produces a hormone known as insulin that helps blood sugar — or glucose — enter cells so they can use it as energy to function properly. When someone has type 1 diabetes, these cells no longer make enough insulin and may even stop producing any at all; this can lead to dangerously high blood sugar levels known as hyperglycemia (or hyperglycemia). Type 1 usually develops before age 30 but can occur anytime from infancy to adulthood.

Type 2 diabetes (also called adult-onset) usually develops later in life, usually when someone is over 40 years old. It occurs when the body becomes resistant to insulin and blood sugar can’t enter cells efficiently or at all, so it builds up in your bloodstream instead.

Type 1 diabetes affects fewer older adults than type 2. It’s also less common among people over 65.

Conclusion: When out dining at local restaurants first pick ones you know offer healthy choices. Select those and forget that “cheat day.”

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