Diabetes and Fall Risk
In a previous blog, we talked a little bit about how accidental falls are one of the most common, dangerous, and expensive health risks facing American seniors.
The numbers, as we mentioned then, are dire—falls are responsible for more than 3 million ER visits, 800,000 hospitalizations, and 10,000 fatalities per year among older U.S. adults. And even those falls that don’t cause a permanent physical injury can still have lasting psychological effects.
But here’s something you may not know. If you have diabetes, your fall risk may be especially high. In fact, according to research from Philips Lifeline, seniors with diabetes fall 30 percent more often than seniors who do not have the disease.
Unfortunately, it’s estimated that about 1 in 4 Americans over the age of 60 already have diabetes, with millions more at high risk of developing it within the next several years.
If you have diabetes, it’s important that you take positive steps right away to reduce your fall risk and maintain a healthier, safer, and more active lifestyle.
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