Today more than a quarter of U.S. adults ages 65 and older have diabetes. The most common diabetes is type 2. It occurs when your body becomes resistant to a hormone called insulin and doesn’t use it well.
Older adults are more likely to experience complications due to type 2 diabetes, such as:
Taking steps every day to manage your diabetes will help reduce your risk of developing complications as you age. Here are three key things you can do that will make a difference.
Managing diabetes is a team effort. Remember that you’re always the most important person on your diabetes care team. Whenever you have questions or notice any changes in your health, discuss them with the other members of your care team.
Sources: American Diabetes Association, Diabetes Care, U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, National Institute of Diabetes and Digestive and Kidney Diseases
Page updated 6-15-2023
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