Type 2 Diabetes
More than 9 out of 10 people with diabetes have type 2. The older you are, the more likely you are to have it. Type 2 is a disease caused by a mix of your genes and your lifestyle. Being overweight, having high blood pressure, and not exercising all raise your chances for type 2.
You can have diabetes for years and not know it. Symptoms like thirst, peeing more often, blurry eyesight, and tingling hands and feet may come on slowly without your noticing.
Diabetes can lead to other health problems such as heart disease.
Low blood sugar, called hypoglycemia, is more common in older adults with diabetes. Symptoms such as dizziness, confusion, and weakness might worsen as you age.
Healthy habits can go a long ways to prevent diabetes, keep it under control, and even reverse it.
• Lose extra weight, especially if you carry a lot of belly fat.
• Move your body. Aim for at least 30 minutes of physical activity like walking every day, 5 days a week.
• Eat healthy. Cut back on sugar, salt, processed packaged foods, and saturated fats from meats.
• Load up on dark leafy vegetables, fresh fruit, whole grains, and lean protein.