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Manage diabetes to give your body the fuel it needs

Berrie Mabins, MSSA, LSW, Health & Wellness Administrator, Ohio Department of Aging

Diabetes is a chronic health condition that can make it difficult for your body to turn food into energy. Like a car, your body need fuel to work. Food is fuel, but having diabetes can change how much and which types of food will work well in your body. When you eat, your body breaks down the food into a simple blood sugar, called glucose. Glucose is your body’s main fuel. Your cells use a hormone called insulin to absorb glucose. With diabetes, your body either doesn’t make enough insulin or doesn’t use insulin well. As a result, the glucose you need stays in your blood stream instead of going into your cells.

When your body can’t get the energy it needs to function, your organs and tissues don’t work like they should. Just like in a car, improper fuel over an extended period of time can damage parts of your body, such as your kidneys, eyes and nerves. Further, diabetes can make it harder to fight infections and other illnesses.

The number of adults with diabetes in Ohio has more than doubled in the last 20 years. Today, about one in four older adults have the disease, and the risk increases with age. The bad news is there is no cure. However, the good news is that diabetes can be successfully managed so that you can continue to lead an active and healthy life.

The first step is to talk to your health care provider about diabetes. Ask about the risk factors. In addition to age, these include race, family history, being overweight and having low activity levels. Tell your provider if you regularly experience symptoms like increased thirst and hunger, dry mouth, unexplained weight loss, blurred vision, headaches, fatigue, nausea, irritability, wounds that heal slowly or reduced feeling in your hands or feet. Your provider may recommend blood tests to determine if you have diabetes.

If you are diagnosed with diabetes, watching and managing your blood sugar levels will be your most important job. This can be challenging, which is why you should seek help. Your health care provider can recommend a diabetes education program. You can also take advantage of a HEALTHY U: Diabetes workshop in your community, sponsored by the Ohio Department of Aging and provided by your area agency on aging.

HEALTHY U: Diabetes helps you understand the condition, including what can make it better and what will make it worse. A HEALTHY U: Diabetes workshop connects you to others living with diabetes while you learn proven strategies to manage your symptoms and live a healthier life. You’ll learn to:

Monitor your blood glucose levels at home;

Eat the right types and amounts of food;

Get regular, mild to moderate exercise; and

Manage any medications your doctor prescribes to manage your diabetes.

You can learn strategies to manage your diabetes on the Healthy U website. To find a HEALTHY U: Diabetes program in your community, check out our online calendar or contact your area agency on aging.

About the Ohio Department of Aging

As the federally designated State Unit on Aging, the Department of Aging serves as the sole state agency to coordinate Older Americans Act programs and services, as well as other services to meet the needs of Ohio’s elders. We are a cabinet-level state agency with a director appointed by the governor. The structure of the Department is tied directly to its funding sources. We receive $65 million in federal funding, primarily from the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, which supports services for older Ohioans as well as the administration of Medicaid funded services. We also apply for and use grants from federal and state sources to support and expand our work.

Date Published: November 29, 2018

 

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