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November 4, 2022

Vitalia Active Adult Community – Solon Diabetes Awareness in the Community

Category: Health & Wellness

Author: Yauntae' Napoleon, 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 Vitalia Active Adult Community – Solon, 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 a genetic condition that often shows up early in life, and Type 2 is mainly lifestyle related and develops over time. Some early signs of diabetes are frequent thirst, mood swings, and frequent urination. More signs and symptoms of early detection include blurred vision and feeling tired and weak. Commonly encountered comorbidities that occur alongside diabetes are pancreatic cancer, diabetic kidney disease, thyroid disease, and frailty.

There are many lifestyles changes you can make to decrease the risk of diabetes. These changes are losing weight and being more physical during waking hours. Another lifestyle change that would be very helpful is developing a plant-based diet.

The largest contributor within society to the increase in diabetes is the expanded access to fast food. In addition, there exists a lack of knowledge when it comes to the causes of diabetes. The lack of universal healthcare, as well as how much insulin costs for those suffering, are further promoters of diabetes. This, combined with other minor obstacles, such as cultural diets rich in sugars and grease, and overly sugary substances, also adds to the growing list of obstacles.

One of the best ways we support residents that have diabetes is to educate them about the disease. Helping them prepare meals and recognize signs of high and low blood sugar are also strong ways to help those suffering.

It is important to know the signs and symptoms of diabetes. The Wellness Team of Vitalia Active Adult Community – Solon 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.

VITALIA® Solon in Solon, OH offers senior apartments, assisted living, and memory care with a variety of services and a range of floor plan options. Amenities include The Lake Effect Restaurant, a 24-hour bistro, concierge service, housekeeping, events and entertainment, personal care, transportation services, and more. Conveniently located just southwest of Hwy 77 and 480 just moments from Ahuja medical with convenient access to major shopping centers and attractions, including Signature of Solon, Uptown Solon, Cleveland Metro Parks, Rollhouse Solon, and Chagrin Falls Shopping District.

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