By Nicole Kennedy

The American Diabetes Association hosts its annual American Diabetes Association Alert Day on the last Tuesday of March. The ADA wants to bring awareness to type 2 diabetes and encourage people to take their Type 2 Diabetes Risk Test. They also want to inform people about preventative measures and treatments.

Type 2 diabetes, also referred to as adult onset diabetes, is the most common form of diabetes. The chances of being diagnosed with diabetes increases with age. Seniors with diabetes are an especially vulnerable population as they are at a higher risk of falls, function disability, and cognitive impairment. Seniors with uncontrolled diabetes can lead to other serious diseases such as kidney disease, blindness and could potentially require amputations, so it is very important to practice healthy habits.

Eat a healthy, balanced diet

Enjoy an activity such as walking, swimming or even dancing If possible

Ditch fatty and sugary foods and pick up a few fruits and vegetables

Use less oil and butter and switch to a non-stick spray or low-salt broth for cooking

Drink water instead of sodas and juices

Make most of your grains whole grains

Monitor your blood sugar, medications and insulin