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November 4, 2022

The Parkway Senior Living Spreads Diabetes Awareness in the Community

Category: Health & Wellness

Author: Shawndra Banks, 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 Parkway 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 when the pancreas is not functioning properly, and normally presents at birth; whereas Type 2 is mainly lifestyle related and develops over time. Some early signs and symptoms of diabetes are increased thirst, frequent urination, fatigue, blurred vision, weight gain, poor wound healing, and increased sweating. Secondary diseases and conditions due to the increase of symptoms caused by diabetes are also common.

Healthy lifestyles can often decrease risks of developing this disease. Annual wellness visits, lab work, and monitoring skin integrity often to notice changes are important. Some obstacles for at-risk Americans include managing weight and what foods are consumed. Many Americans who do not have insurance that provides the necessary preventative care.

We support our residents that have diabetes by monitoring their blood sugar and being educated on common symptoms and risk factors.

It is important to know the signs and symptoms of diabetes. The Wellness Team of The Parkway Senior Living 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.

The Parkway Senior Living in Blue Springs, MO offers senior villas, 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 St. Mary’s Medical Center and St. Luke’s Eastwith convenient access to major shopping centers and attractions, including Adams Point Golf Course, KC Royals Stadum, KC Chiefs Stadium, Sporting KC, KC Comets, KC Mavericks, Adams Dairy Landing, and Blue Springs Parks, Trails, and Lakes .

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