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If you have type 2 diabetes your body does not use insulin properly. This is called insulin resistance. Unlike some other medical conditions, it doesn’t occur because of age-related wear and tear on an organ (in this case, the pancreas). Rather, the problem is the trillions of cells throughout your entire body.

Donuts and candies sit next to a layer of sugar, in which someone has written "sugar"

Your digestive system changes carbohydrates into sugar—blood sugar called glucose—and it uses this vital fuel as energy for every cell in your body. 

Sugar and your body

If sugar is so essential to survival, why is dietary sugar a bad thing? After all, Mother Nature has made sugar in various forms an integral part of many foods.

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Experts believe that arthritis and related conditions such as fibromyalgia and gout are likely the main reasons for acute and persistent pain in people 65 years of age and up. According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), almost 50% of adults age 65-plus have some form of arthritis diagnosed by a doctor. 

a doctor shines a line into a patient's eyes

If you are over age 80 and haven’t had a cataract, you are an exception to the rule. Cataracts, or clouding of the lens in the eye, occur in more than half of Americans by the time they have reached their 80th birthday, according to the National Eye Institute (NEI). Cataracts can affect one or both eyes. 

An annotated drawing of a Thyroid Gland

Your thyroid gland is a two-inch long organ that can become underactive and result in a disease called hypothyroidism. This condition becomes more common with age, especially among women. It can be caused by a number of reasons, including removal or atrophy of the gland, radiation, or treatment for hyperthyroidism (overactive thyroid).

Erickson Living Health Medical Group providers support and practice patient-centered care.

With a few exceptions, the basic philosophies and methods by which doctors care for patients haven’t changed much in the past few decades. But on Erickson Living campuses, there are several crucial differences practiced by Erickson Health Medical Group (EHMG) providers that have been shown to be beneficial to peoples’ health.

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Did you know? Your skin sheds about 30,000 to 40,000 dead skin cells daily. That’s about 9 pounds yearly.

Your skin is your largest organ and a great protector throughout your life. But as you age, dry skin may be harder to treat at home and new growths may develop. Maybe you’ve never been to a dermatologist in your life, but now is the time to see one. 

Persistent dry skin

Water, of course, is usually the number one choice. But if you don’t particularly like water, there are some other effective choices.

Being dehydrated means more than feeling thirsty, especially if you have underlying health conditions or are taking certain medications. Dehydration can lead to too-low blood pressure, a fast heartbeat, and a reduced flow of oxygenated blood to your vital organs and extremities.

Just like our bodies, our teeth change over time.

The American Dental Association recommends that most people see a dentist every six months—not only to have cleanings, but because your dentist can spot problems before they progress too far. As you get older, these dental visits become especially important.

Age matters