On the TV news and online, we see floods, earthquakes and hurricanes and realize this could happen anywhere, anytime. It’s a reminder that we need to take steps ahead of time to prepare ourselves. It is especially important for those of us in health care to be ready to respond when our community needs us most.
Blindness, amputation, heart disease, kidney failure. The long list of health problems associated with diabetes is well-publicized, but many people don’t know that even minor changes to diet and exercise habits can prevent the disease, even after prediabetes develops.
“Often people think they can’t make any changes, but small steps can produce big rewards in preventing type 2 diabetes,” said Donna deKay, R.D., certified diabetes educator and outpatient nutritionist at Mills-Peninsula Health Services.
Hip fractures are most common in adults over 65 who have weakened bones or osteoporosis. Osteoporosis is the thinning of bone tissue and loss of bone density and is the most common bone disorder affecting older adults.
The good news is a healthy lifestyle may reduce further bone loss and cut your risk of fractures.