Diabetes and aging: What you should know

Diabetes and aging: What you should know

September 8, 2020

November is National Diabetes Month

diabetes awareness symbolsMore than 2.3 million Texans—about 11% of the adult population—have diagnosed diabetes, according to the American Diabetes Association. Another 621,000 in the state have the disease but don’t know it.

Diabetes can contribute to a range of serious health conditions, and those with the disease are thought to be more vulnerable to serious complications from the coronavirus. Moreover, medical expenses for people who have diabetes are more than two times higher than for those who do not have the disease.

Type 2 diabetes, the most common type, occurs most often in middle-aged and older adults. Your risk of developing the disease is higher if you are overweight, inactive or have a family history of diabetes.

Prevention is key

The key to preventing type 2 diabetes is simple: take small, sustainable steps to lose weight, get exercise and adopt other healthy habits. In addition to support and self management programs for those who have the disease, all Texas Employees Group Benefits Program (GBP) health plans offer programs to help you maintain a healthy weight and boost your overall wellness.