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Diabetes Linked to Increase In Functional Disability

separator A study of 8,344 older women has shown that older women with diabetes (over 65) had more trouble performing daily activities (called functional disability) than women who don't have the condition. The yearly occurrence of functional disability was 9.8 percent for women with diabetes, compared to 4.8 percent for women in the general population.

The research determined that having diabetes puts older women at risk of being unable to carry out one or more of the following types of tasks:
  • Walking a quarter of a mile
  • Climbing 10 steps
  • Shopping
  • Performing household chores
The study took place over 12 years.

Keeping blood sugar under control is the best way to avoid complications and give yourself a better chance of being able to perform important daily activities as you get older.

Diabetes Care, 25:61-67
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