Diabetes

Diabetes include diseases that involve production and use of insulin, a hormone produced by the pancreas that regulates the glucose, or blood sugar, your body uses for energy.

If you haven’t been diagnosed with diabetes you probably know someone who has, and that person has probably been diagnosed with Type 2 Diabetes. Symptoms include dry mouth, chronic hunger, blurred vision and headaches. Age and race are Type 2 factors you can’t control. Weight is a common factor you can control. Type 1 Diabetes is far less common and is usually diagnosed by age 30. It is the condition in which the immune system kills pancreas cells and reduces insulin production. With Type 2, the cells in your body resist the insulin your pancreas produces properly to regulate glucose levels. Proper management is crucial: prolonged glucose elevation can lead to many problems such as heart disease, kidney disease, vision impairment, poor circulation and chronic sores. Many Seniors choose an Internal Medicine specialist as their primary care physician. Internal Medicine specialists often focus on diabetes treatment and should recommend diet and exercise modification to reduce weight and increase metabolic function - in addition to management with medication. Hearing/Vision/Dental

Professional Care away from a doctor’s office - for the most part - to help important functions that tend to decline as we get older.

You probably started to get marketing material from hearing centers when you turned fifty. That’s the age when many of us began “what?-ing” our friends and family more often. Hearing loss as we age is a fact of life for many of us and it can tune us out important parts of life. If you’re “what?-ing” more, see an audiologist. Maybe you’ve had vision correction for most of your life but lately you’ve noticed that you can’t read well with the glasses you use for driving, or vice versa. Our needs for optical prescription modification change more rapidly as we age. As we get older our gums recede and our teeth wear and become more brittle. It’s harder to recover from things like a root canal as we age; preventative care becomes paramount as we get older. and that means more frequent visit to care providers to stay ahead of problems.