Live Better, Live Longer: 5 Tips for Living with Diabetes

Living with diabetes doesn’t have to be hard. Diabetes is one of the most prevalent diseases in The United States. It’s estimated that just under 10% of the entire population—or about 29 million people—are living with diabetes. Over 25% of seniors 65 and older are struggling with the disease. However, new research shows that seniors with diabetes are living better (and longer) lives specifically because they’re taking better care of themselves. In fact, seniors with diabetes are enjoying significantly more years and years free from disabilities caused by diabetes than ever before.

Why the Change?

Health officials are crediting these better and longer lifespans to increased public awareness about diabetes, improved medical treatments for the disease, and a willingness on the part of seniors and their caregivers to make significant positive changes in their lifestyles.

5 Tips for Living with Diabetes

1) Get Diagnosed

It’s estimated that almost 30% of people with diabetes don’t know they have it. If you don’t know, you can’t treat it. It’s essential to speak with a medical provider about testing. (The Mayo Clinic wants you to know the symptoms of diabetes.)

2) Eat Better

Many seniors in the early stages of diabetes may be able to treat their disease without medication. One of the most powerful tools to combat diabetes is a healthier diet. Low-sugar diets high in natural fruits and vegetables and low in carbohydrates and processed foods can make a dramatic improvement in blood sugar regulation—eliminating dangerous spikes and troughs. Speak with a medical professional or dietician about how you can create healthy meal plans and more.

3) Stay Active

While it may be difficult for seniors to exercise, staying active is yet another way to stave off the harmful physical effects of diabetes. Regular exercise helps shed extra pounds (which makes blo