Living Actively with Diabetes at Every Age
In today’s fast-paced life, managing a healthy work-life balance is a challenge in itself. If you have diabetes, this challenge is multiplied. Managing your glucose levels and keeping a healthy diet with exercise is a full-time effort. However, learning how to refresh and enjoy the journey is now less of a pipe dream and more of a reality thanks to the evolution of health treatments and increased awareness of healthy living.
In the United States, there are expectations of where someone’s life should be by a certain age. We will explore these expectations and how each generation can live their lives to the fullest.
Live like a TWENTY-something; thrive like a THIRTY-something
Millennials presently hover between their early-20s and mid-30s. There’s an expectation that those in their “college years” pursue higher education and get his or her wiggles out having fun and testing their limits to “finding themselves.”
By their 30s, Americans share a broad assumption that this “wanderlust” will settle and individuals should begin to thrive in careers or trade; put down roots, settle into their community and begin financial planning. The pages of their lives are just being written and they have their whole lives ahead of them, right?
Right! Yet, the latest Blue Cross Blue Shield’s report reveals that Type 2 diabetes is ballooning among millennials, aged 18-34.
The acceleration of prediabetes and diabetes cases for those 20-something and 30-somethings is inexorably linked to this group’s top rank in the growth rate of obesity. What should be the most active and vibrant time has been derailed by the explosion of electronic devices.
“Carry On” like a FORTY-something; play like a FIFTY-something
If Hollywood’s portrayal of Generation X and Y are to be believed, we all own at least one property, enjoy a busy house—replete with bustling kids and pets, maintain an active circuit of couple friends and pepper our years with outstanding vacations. Meh.
Perhaps. It’s much more accurate that —whatever we have— most of us fear losing steam and pace with our relationships and belongings, particularly as our bodies change. We just want to “Keep Calm and Carry On”… and enjoy the fruits of our labor.
Millennials have the highest incidence rate of diabetes, but, the daily routine of those approaching their 40s through their early 50s are arguably impacted the most by symptoms of the disease.
For those in this age bracket, diet and exercise can abate diabetic symptoms and disease onset. Just as it became harder to shed a few pounds or tone after that midlife peak, it can be similarly difficult to manage your glucose levels.
At this stage of life you might find that diet and exercise alone are not enough to lower your A1c levels. You might also be concerned about some of the side effects that come with medication.
Shine in retirement
We imagine that after working our whole lives in blue or white collar, we’ll be able to crack open that nest egg and travel, kick at our bucket list, or relish in our hobbies during retirement—without reservations.
Sadly, nearly half of seniors have prediabetes. This number spreads about evenly across the racial divide. “The percentage of adults with diabetes [is increasing] with age, reaching a high of 25.2% among those aged 65 years or older,” according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. Oftentimes it feels more like choosing between the proactive lifestyle we desire and reactively managing ever-encroaching symptoms as we age.
What you all have in common with each other is the struggle with diabetic symptoms and a longing to be free to act your age, in the best possible sense!
Adding a supplement like Lysulin to your daily routine could help enhance your current efforts to maintain your health. No matter what stage of life you are in, Lysulin provides nutritional support for your glucose management. Consider it an extra tool in your toolbox that can help you live the life you love!