Most people are diagnosed with diabetes between the ages of 45-64, although there are 400,000 diagnosed cases after age 65. So, most seniors who have diabetes have also learned to tune out the diabetes messages. After all, they’ve been hearing these messages probably for the last 20 years. But, here’s why you should still read this:
1. Nearly 10 percent of the population has been diagnosed with diabetes and another 86 million Americans have prediabetes and they don’t even know it.
2. Diabetes doubles the risk for heart attack and death from heart disease. Approximately 65 percent of people with diabetes die from heart disease and stroke. Adults with diabetes are two to four times more likely to have heart disease or suffer a stroke than people without diabetes.
3. It’s the leading cause of kidney failure.
4. People with type 2 diabetes have high rates of cholesterol and triglyceride abnormalities, obesity and high blood pressure, all of which are major contributors to higher rates of cardiovascular disease. Smoking doubles the risk of cardiovascular disease in people with diabetes.
5. In diabetic eye disease, high blood glucose and high blood pressure cause small blood vessels to swell and leak liquid into the retina of the eye, blurring the vision and sometimes leading to blindness.
6. People with diabetes are also more likely to develop cataracts and optic nerve damage.
As people age, their risk for type 2 diabetes increases. In the United States, about one in four people over the age of 60 have diabetes. While prevention through a healthy diet and exercise is key, it is possible to live healthy despite having the disease.
There is a simple formula to reduce your health risks with diabetes:
A A1C – have your blood glucose levels checked regularly
B Blood Pressure – strive for less than 130/80
C Cholesterol – Strive for LDL less than 100 mg/
Studies have shown that following the ABCs listed above have shown that intensive glucose monitoring can reduce the risk of cardiovascular events by 42 percent and the risk of heart attack, stroke or death from cardiovascular disease by 57 percent.
At Arizona Priority Care, we encourage those living with diabetes to closely monitor their health. We urge you to schedule an Annual Wellness Visit with your primary care physician as soon as possible. This visit provides your PCP an opportunity to meet with you and review your health during a detailed consultation regarding your health condition. An annual treatment plan is developed to control your diabetes.
Arizona Priority Care Primary Care Office
1811 E. McMurray Blvd.
Casa Grande, AZ 85122
Call Southwestern Eye Center to schedule a diabetic retinal eye exam near you at (480) 854-8185 (copay may apply).