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Seniors at Risk for Type 2 Diabetes & Pre-Diabetes

By Debbie Humphrey

The American Diabetes Association “Diabetes Alert Day,” is March 28, and knowing the statistics, I felt it was incredibly important to share information that can help you, or seniors in your everyday life, recognize the potential precursors of type 2 diabetes, or pre-diabetes conditions.

Type 2 diabetes is most commonly diagnosed in mature adults over the age of 50. According to a 2017 report summarizing data prepared by the Florida Diabetes Advisory Council, “It is estimated that in Florida, over 2.4 million people have diabetes and over 5.8 million have pre-diabetes.

“Over the past 20 years, the prevalence of diagnosed diabetes among Florida adults more than doubled, increasing from 5.2 percent in 1995, to 11.2 percent in 2014. (These stats are) of particular concern in Florida, which has the largest population of adults aged 65 and older in the nation.”

Diabetes occurs when the body cannot properly process glucose, or sugar, in the blood. Seniors with diabetes can function rather well without even knowing they are at risk for this ever-so-common disease.

Have you, or someone you love, been diagnosed with type 2 diabetes? If not, do you possess the risk factors for developing it? Diabetes doesn’t discriminate, and includes risk factors like age, gender, weight, heredity, chronic high blood pressure; and level of physical activity. Practically everyone is at risk.

Home Helpers ClearwaterThe following schedule offers dates and convenient locations for type 2 diabetes screenings, from Clearwater to Spring Hill, and points in between.

Tuesday, March 21 – Holiday
St Vincent DePaul Catholic Church 
4843 Mile Stretch Road

Wednesday, March 22 – Clearwater
Sylvan Abbey United Methodist Church
2817 Sunset Point Road

Friday, March 24 – Odessa
The Church at Odessa 
1234 Gunn Highway

Saturday, March 25 - Clearwater
First Lutheran Church
1644 Nursery Road

Monday, March 27 - Hudson
St Michael the Archangel Catholic Church
8014 State Road 52

Wednesday, March 29 – New Port Richey
Asbury United Methodist Church 
4204 Thys Road

Tuesday, April 4 – Spring Hill
Calvary Church of the Nazarene
235 Cobblestone Drive
Friday, April 21 - Dunedin
Dunedin Scottish Arts Hall 
1134 Douglas Avenue
Wednesday, April 26 – Palm Harbor
Palm Harbor Seventh-day Adventist Church 
35040 US Hwy 19 North

Chances are you have several of the risk factors. Take advantage of ONE of these FREE screenings for type 2 diabetes and pre-diabetes, so you don’t waste any time treating this horrible condition, should you have the disease. Early detection can be the difference between life and death.

Home Helpers® proudly serves male and female seniors with diabetes and pre-diabetes in Clearwater, Dunedin, Palm Harbor, Safety Harbor, Tarpon Springs, Holiday, New Port Richey, Trinity, Port Richey, Hudson and surrounding areas. If you know a senior who needs transportation to the nearest diabetes screening location, or can use some additional help managing aspects of treatment , contact us today and learn more about the many services offered through Home Helpers®. We are Making Life Easier℠. 727-972-2539

Source: American Diabetes Association