Tuesday, September 8, 2015

Support Healthy Aging Month with NDEP's Diabetes Resources for Older Adults

September is Healthy Aging Month. 

More than 11 million, or one in four, people age 65 and older in the United States have diabetes. A recent study published by Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health found that only one in three older Americans have their diabetes under control, as measured by guidelines set by the American Diabetes Association.  

In addition, the CDC estimates that 2 out of 4 people over the age of 65 have prediabetes. Prediabetes is when blood sugar levels are higher than normal but not yet high enough to be diagnosed as diabetes. Over half of the older adult population is at an increased risk of developing type 2 diabetes within 5 years. 

The National Diabetes Education Program (NDEP) has resources to help older adults learn how to manage their diabetes or take steps to prevent or delay type 2 diabetes. Visit NDEP's website for resources that you can use to promote diabetes prevention and management for older adults during Healthy Aging Month. 

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