Diabetes is a disease in which the body’s ability to produce or respond to the hormone insulin is impaired, resulting in abnormal metabolism of carbohydrates and elevated levels of glucose in the blood and urine. (Oxford Dictionaries, ©Oxford University Press)
- Did You Know?
- 25% of Americans age 65 or older currently have type 2 diabetes
- A weight loss of 5% can reduce your risk of diabetes by 58%? 1
- Type 2 diabetes is on the rise and may account for 90% of diagnosed diabetes cases
According to the American Diabetes Association (ADA), having a family history of diabetes is an important reason to understand your risk of developing the disease. Some symptoms may include:
- Urinating often
- Feeling very thirsty
- Feeling very hungry (even though you are eating)
- Extreme fatigue
- Blurry vision
- Cuts/bruises that are slow to heal
- Tingling, pain, or numbness in the hands/feet (type 2)
Awareness and prevention are key. The ADA offers a simple Type 2 Diabetes Risk Test for a quick assessment and to help you understand your risk of developing the disease.
Local educational classes and diabetes support groups can help you understand the risks of developing or managing the diabetes. You can learn about self-management skills, including glucose monitoring, medications, nutrition, meal planning, exercise, and how to prevent complications.
BCBSAZ and Community Partnerships
In collaboration with area agencies, BCBSAZ offers classes to help participants gain awareness, motivation, and skills to improve or maintain good health and well-being. Classes are free to BCBSAZ members and may require pre-registration.
Find a class near you here
The American Diabetes Association (ADA)
The ADA offers a search tool at Find a Diabetes Education Program | ADA , where you can insert your zip code and preferred distance from your home, to see a list of health care facilities near you.
The ADA published a guide, Living Healthy with Diabetes: A guide for adults 55 and up, which includes diabetes basics, how to make healthy food choices, understanding the role of physical activity, preventing and treating complications, and resources.
The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC)
The CDC published its latest report, Diabetes 2019 Report Card, which discusses the latest status of diabetes and its complications in the U.S. It also calls out specific statistics by state – for instance, the percentage of US adults aged 18 or older with diagnosed diabetes in Arizona totals 9.1%.
Source: Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. Diabetes Report Card 2019. Atlanta, GA: Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, US Dept. of Health and Human Services; 2020.
This site is maintained by several health care professionals who collect and vet diabetes-related information for the purpose of educating the audience about the disease. From general facts, risk factors, and exercises to diet, clinical trials, and support, this site provides a variety of resources to help you become knowledgeable about diabetes. For those over the age of 60, this helpful article discusses “The Elderly and Diabetes: Everything you need to Know”