T ype 2 diabetes is both common and on the rise. The disease—which occurs when your body is unable to use insulin to adequately control levels of blood glucose, the energy from food that fuels our cells and organs—affects more than 30 million Americans. About 12 million are older than 65, according to a Centers for Disease Control and Prevention report released last year.
Just as alarming: About 84 million adults—half of them older than 65—have prediabetes, glucose levels high enough to put them in danger of developing diabetes.
And nearly a quarter of people who have type 2 diabetes and many more with prediabetes don’t realize it.