Feb 22, 2017 by Chris Gamble
Diabetes occurs when a senior’s body is unable to properly process food for the use of energy. It is a serious condition that can affect every part of the body and requires self-care on a daily basis. In home care professionals work with many senior clients who are diabetic and must take care of themselves in order to live a healthy, fulfilling life despite their condition. Here are several tips for older adults with diabetes:
Monitor Blood Sugar Daily
By monitoring their blood sugar daily, older adults can avoid serious health complications down the road. Blood sugar numbers can show seniors how well they are managing their diabetes and determine what makes their blood sugar go up and down. For example, a senior may notice that their blood sugar increases when they are stressed or eat a certain food. Blood sugar can be monitored through do it yourself blood sugar tests.
Stick to a Nutritious Diet
A healthy diet can do wonders for a senior’s diabetes. In home care aides encourage older adults with this condition to consume a diet that incorporates fruits, vegetables, lean proteins, and whole grains.
Foods that are processed and/or loaded with saturated fat, sugar, sodium, and cholesterol such as French fries, sugary cereals, fried meats, pork bacon, and whole milk should be avoided whenever possible. To make healthy eating easier, seniors should opt for low-sodium canned foods, check food labels, replace processed foods with fresh ones, and be cautious when dining out at restaurants.
In addition to a nutrient rich diet, diabetic seniors must make every effort to exercise at least a few times a week as physical activity has been proven to reduce blood sugar levels. Whether it’s walking around the neighborhood on a nice day, taking a swimming class at a local gym, or engaging in yoga at a specialized yoga studio, any type of exercise can make a significant difference in the health of an older adult with diabetes.
Visit the Doctor Regularly
It may seem obvious but regular doctor visits are a must for senior citizens with diabetes. A doctor can monitor an older adult’s blood pressure, kidney health, and cholesterol levels and look for any red flags that a senior may not be able to spot on their own. Regular checkups also allow doctors to determine the effectiveness of certain medications and prescribe new drugs if necessary. In home care aides can transport seniors to doctor’s appointments if they are unable to drive.
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