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November 4, 2022

The Westbury Senior Living Spreads Diabetes Awareness in the Community

Category: Health & Wellness

Author: Billy House-Henry, Regional Wellness Coordinator

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 Regional Wellness Coordinator for The Westbury 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 an immune reaction and develops early in life and Type 2 is lifestyle related, usually from being overweight and inactivity. Some early signs and symptoms of diabetes are excessive thirst, frequent urination, blurred vision, and sweating.

Comorbidities that could arise because of diabetes include stroke, congestive heart failure, and peripheral vascular disease.

A couple of lifestyle changes that could decrease the risk of diabetes are exercise and better food choices. One obstacle for at-risk Americans is fast food and the convenience of getting food on the go for a busy lifestyle.

We support our residents by offering food choices that are geared towards diabetes.

It is important to know the signs and symptoms of diabetes. The Wellness Team of The Westbury 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 Westbury Senior Living in Columbia, 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 University Hospital and Boone Hospital with convenient access to major shopping centers and attractions, including Mizzou Tigers, Columbia Mall, The Broadway Shops, MKT Nature and Fitness Trail, Finger Lake State Park, and LA Nickell Golf Course.

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