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November 4, 2022

Chestnut Hill Senior Living Spreads Diabetes Awareness in the Community

Category: Health & Wellness

Author: Leslie Bright, 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 Chestnut Hill 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 that Type 1 is a condition a person is born with, while Type 2 is acquired. Symptoms come on slowly and usually develop in adulthood. Type 1 is chronic in which the pancreas produces little or no insulin. It typically appears in adolescence. Some early signs and symptoms of diabetes are elevated blood sugar readings, sweet taste, dry mouth, sores that won’t heal, frequent urination, and increased hunger. Comorbidities that could arise because of diabetes include cardiac issues, obesity, stroke, and blindness.

Some lifestyle changes that can be made to decrease the risk of diabetes are eating a healthy diet and exercising regularly. Lack of food choices, junk food, and stress are all obstacles for at-risk Americans.

We support our residents that have diabetes by encouraging healthy eating habits, offering exercise programs, and assisting with lifestyle changes.

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

Chestnut Hill 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.

Chestnut Hill Senior Living in Columbus, OH offers assisted living and memory care with a variety of services and a range of floor plan options. Newly renovated in 2021. Amenities at Chestnut Hill include restaurant dining, 24-hour bistro, concierge service, housekeeping, events and entertainment, personal care, transportation services, and more. Centrally located just east of Hamilton Road and Morse Road with quick access to Hwy 161, Gahanna, New Albany, and the greater Columbus area.

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