November 4, 2022
It was November 1975 when the American Diabetes Association (ADA) first declared November National Diabetes Awareness Month. While diabetes is a common condition among Americans, there are still many Americans that are unaware of what diabetes is, who is at risk, and what chronic conditions can result from the disease. For example, most Americans with diabetes have Type 2, which is highly preventable with diet, exercise, education, and understanding of the disease. As Director of Wellness at The Boulevard Senior Living – Wentzville, it is up to me to spread awareness and provide education for diabetes.
The difference between Type 1 and Type 2 diabetes is Type 1 diabetes usually begins early on in a person’s life and Type 2 is acquired over time based on a person’s lifestyle choices. Signs and symptoms of diabetes include polyuria, excessive thirst, fatigue, hunger, weight loss, and blurred vision. A person can also develop cancer, heart disease, hypertension, and obesity because of diabetes.
Decreasing the risk of diabetes can be done by exercising and making healthy food choices. Some obstacles at-risk Americans face are being noncompliant with checking their blood sugar levels, not eating healthy, not exercising, and not taking their medications.
We support our residents that have diabetes by offering healthy choices on the menu, presenting healthy snacks, and encouraging them to join the exercise class offered in our community.
It is important to know the signs and symptoms of diabetes. The Wellness Team of The Boulevard Senior Living – Wentzville is highly trained to recognize, educate, and help with the prevention of diabetes. We are also skilled with assisting residents currently afflicted with the disease.
The Boulevard Senior Living of Wentzville in Wentzville, MO offers independent senior apartments, assisted living, and memory care with a variety of services and a range of floor plan options. Amenities include restaurant dining, 24-hour bistro, concierge service, housekeeping, events and entertainment, personal care, transportation services, and more. Centrally located near SSM Lake St. Louis Hospital with convenient access to major shopping centers, including Bear Creek Golf Club, Wentzville Bluffs Shopping Center, Wentzville B&B Movie Theater, Quail Ridge Park, Wentzville Flea Market, and The Meadows at Lake St. Louis.
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