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November 4, 2022

Kingsland Walk Senior Living Spreads Diabetes Awareness in the Community

Category: Health & Wellness

Author: LeAnna Flynn, 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 Kingsland Walk 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 usually juvenile, a genetic issue, where Type 2 usually occurs later in life and can usually be brought on by lifestyle or medications. Some early signs and symptoms of diabetes are lots of urination, thirst, and loss of weight for no reason. Comorbidities that could arise because of diabetes include hypertension and altered consciousness.

If there are no changes in the lifestyle of a diabetic, their blood pressure can go down and convulsions can happen. One obstacle for at-risk Americans is fast foods, they add weight and increase blood sugars.

We support our residents that have diabetes by watching what they eat and making sure they get exercise if needed.

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

Kingsland Walk Senior Living in University City, MO offers assisted living and memory care with a variety of services and a range of floor plan options. Amenities include Maybellene’s Restaurant, concierge service, housekeeping, events and entertainment, personal care, transportation services, and comfortable community living spaces. Located in the heart of University City just one block North of Delmar Boulevard with convenient access to the vibrant dining and shopping on The Loop and within minutes of St. Louis’s greatest attractions, including Forest Park, the Science Center, St. Louis Zoo, and more!

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