Seniors And Diabetes

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(BlackDoctor.org) It should come as no surprise to any of us to hear that Diabetes is one of the top contributors to death in America today. Notice I said America, not the world.

You see, here in America we have skyrocketing diabetes rates among almost every segment of the population: women; men; children; and even the elderly.

Large amounts of muscle fat or abdominal fat may put elderly men and women with normal body weight at risk for developing Type 2 diabetes. Even though they’re not overweight, they may still be at risk for developing diabetes. An important factor in that risk is where their body fat is stored. The prevalence of Type 2 diabetes is highest among men and women over age 65, but the level of obesity in this group is only 14 percent, compared with 24 percent for people in their 50s.

What this suggests is that obesity isn’t the only factor that causes diabetes or glucose intolerance in elderly men and women. Fat distribution is also a key determination of those health issues in elderly people.  The effects of diabetes are tremendous no matter what age, but definitely as we age and the body doesn’t “bounce back” from damage or stress quite as easily, putting diabetes on top of that just aggravates the problems.