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November is a very busy month, isn't it? Columbus Day, Veteran's Day, Thanksgiving Day, and we must not forget, it is also National Diabetes Awareness Month! Now granted, that might not sound as much fun as the rest of the occasions we celebrate in November, but it's definitely of vital importance to so many of us, including boomers and seniors in the Sandwich Generation.
As a matter of fact, according to the Midland Free Press, one of the reasons for getting tested for type 2 Diabetes is – are you ready for this – BEING OVER 40! Yowzer! That's ALL of us in the baby boomer generation and above! Per the WomensHealth.gov, other reasons to be tested include:
- Overweight or obesity
- Family history — having a mother, father, brother, or sister with diabetes
- Race/ethnicity — your family background is African-American, American Indian/Alaska Native, Hispanic-American/Latino, Asian-American/Pacific Islander and Native Hawaiian
- Having a baby with a birth weight more than 9 pounds
- Having diabetes during pregnancy (gestational diabetes)
- High blood pressure — 140/90 mmHg or higher. Both numbers are important. If one or both numbers are usually high, you have high blood pressure.
- High cholesterol — total cholesterol over 240 mg/dL
- Inactivity — exercising less than 3 times a week
- Abnormal results in a prior diabetes test
- Having other health conditions that are linked to problems using insulin, like polycystic ovarian syndrome (PCOS)
- Having a history of heart disease or stroke
I can see several on that list that would also apply to many of us boomers and seniors, busy battling our changing metabolisms!
For those of us who are diagnosed with Diabetes Type 2, the American Diabetes Association is an excellent resource, including their "Living With Type 2 Diabetes" one-year free program with tips, tools, and resources to help you get going in the right direction!
If you're looking for good apps for the iPhone to help with controlling it, Seniors For Living has an excellent list of some of the most useful iphone apps they've found for caregivers including one for helping with diabetes.
All in all, some great resources for all of us in the Sandwich Generation, whether we are coping with type 2 Diabetes ourselves, or caring for an elderly parent or other relative who has it. And if you know of more great resources to help, we'd love to have you leave them in the comments below.