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November 4, 2022

The Township Senior Living Spreads Diabetes Awareness in the Community

Category: Health & Wellness

Author: Becky Meagher, Director of Wellness

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 Township Senior Living, 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 is caused by the body’s immune system damaging the pancreas; therefore, no insulin can be manufactured by the body. With Type 2, the body either develops a resistance to insulin or not enough insulin is produced. Some early signs and symptoms of diabetes are severe dehydration, frequent urination, and ketones in the urine.

Comorbidities of diabetes are hypertension, cardiac dysrhythmias, skin concerns, and acquired hypothyroidism. The best lifestyle changes for someone with Type 2 diabetes are with their diet and exercise. Two of the biggest obstacles for at-risk Americans are poor diet and poor self-monitoring of glucose levels.

We support our residents by offering good food choices, encouraging activities, and monitoring blood glucose levels.

It is important to know the signs and symptoms of diabetes. The Wellness Team of The Township Senior Livingis 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 Township Senior Living in Battlefield, 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 Cox Medical Center South with convenient access to major shopping centers and attractions, including Backwoods Golf, Relics Antique Mall, Chesterfield Family Center, Wilson’s Creek National Battlefield, and Nathanael Green/Close Memorial Park-Botancial Gardens.

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