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November 4, 2022

Vitalia Senior Residences at Stow Spreads Diabetes Awareness in the Community

Category: Health & Wellness

Author: Katrese Barta Strong, 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 Vitalia Senior Residences at Stow, 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 genetic and Type 2 is lifestyle related. Some early signs and symptoms of diabetes are increased thirst and urination, and blurry vision.

Comorbidities that could arise because of diabetes include neuropathy, delayed wound healing, obesity, and heart disease. Some lifestyle changes that could be made to decrease the risk of diabetes are eating a healthy diet, decreasing sugar intake, and exercising more.

Eating out and finding time to make home-made, healthy meals is an obstacle for many at-risk Americans with diabetes.

We support our residents that have diabetes by encouraging a healthy diet and to drink water instead of sugary drinks.

It is important to know the signs and symptoms of diabetes. The Wellness Team of Vitalia Senior Residences at Stow 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.

VITALIA┬« Stow in Stow, OH offers senior villas, independent apartments, assisted living, and memory care with a variety of services and a range of floor plan options. Amenities include 1804 Restaurant, a 24-hour bistro, concierge service, housekeeping, events and entertainment, personal care, transportation services, and more. Conveniently located just off of Hwy 8 at E Steels Corners Road near Akron General Health & Wellness Center with convenient access to major shopping centers and attractions, including Fox Den Golf Course, Summit Mall, Bike & Hike – Summit Metro Parks, Stan Hywet, Hale Farm, and Blossom Music Center.

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