With proper care and good health habits, people with diabetes can enjoy full and happy lives. Close attention to diet, exercise and monitoring of blood sugar levels can extend a diabetic’s life and lay the groundwork for good care in the senior years. This is very important because diabetes that is improperly managed can cause many complications for seniors. In this article, we will discuss the extra steps that are important for all seniors with diabetes to observe.
When you take care to maintain good health habits, eat well, stay active and keep up good communication with your doctor, you will have little trouble keeping your diabetes under control. By staying involved in life and keeping up on the various types of services and adaptive equipment that may be available, you can continue to live a full and vibrant senior life with diabetes.
Get more Colors onto Your Plate
High vitamins and nutrients are found in fruits and vegetables with bright colors. Pick anti-oxidant loaded leafy green vegetables like kale, spinach, and broccoli and brightly colored orange and yellow vegetables like squash, yams, and carrots. You should try for 2 to 2 ½ cups of vegetables each day and 1 ½ to 2 cups of fresh fruits (juices don’t count) every day.
Eat more Fiber
Prevent bowel problems, reduce the chance of persistent diseases, and feel satisfied for longer by raising your fiber intake. Your ideal fiber-rich foods will be raw fruits and vegetables, whole-grains, and legumes.
Drink Eight to Ten Cups of Water Every Day
Aging adults are vulnerable to dehydration due to bodies losing some of their capability to manage fluid levels and the feeling of thirst.
Include more Good Fats in Your Diet
Enjoy the advantages of salmon, nuts (walnuts, almonds), avocados, flaxseed, and other monounsaturated fats. Scientific tests show that the fat from these foods guards the human body against heart disease by managing “bad” LDL cholesterol levels and elevating “good” HDL cholesterol levels.
Watch out for Sugar
You may be getting more sugar than you think from familiar foods like pasta sauces, breads, canned soups, and frozen dinners. Check the nutrition labels on your food for alternative names for sugar like fructose, sucrose, dextrose, maltose, and corn syrup. Pick frozen or fresh vegetables rather than canned goods, and low carbohydrate or sugar free products.
Stay away from “bad” carbohydrates: Bad carbs, also called “simple” carbohydrates, are ingredients like refined sugar, white rice, and white flour that have been stripped of most of its nutrients, bran, and fiber. To eventually crash you down, “Bad” carbohydrates break down fast, shoot up your blood insulin levels, and give you a short burst of energy. To get long lasting levels of energy and steady blood insulin levels, opt for complex carbs for example whole-grains, legumes, fresh fruits, and vegetables.
Search for the low sodium content label and season food items with some grains of rough sea salt rather than cooking with regular salt. Decreasing the sodium in your diet will decrease bloating and high blood pressure levels.
Maintain a Regular Schedule of Waking and Sleeping
This will help you stay active and engaged in the world and ensure that you are getting plenty of restorative rest every day. Paying close attention to your overall health will help you keep your diabetes under control.
Be Sure to Continue to Eat Well
Eating a regular, balanced whole food diet is very important for diabetics. It is essential to keep blood sugar levels stable. If you are having problems getting out to go shopping or preparing your own meals, consult with your area agency on aging to find out about transportation services and meal delivery services for seniors that may make it easier for you to get good food into your home.
Drink Plenty of Pure, Fresh Water
Many seniors find that they do not feel as thirsty as they once did. Neglecting hydration is a big problem for seniors in general, and it can cause extra problems for seniors with diabetes in terms of glucose buildup in the blood stream and kidney failure.
Maintain a Healthy Weight and Stay Active
Your body will regulate insulin better if you are neither underweight nor overweight. Additionally, staying active for good blood circulation will help keep your blood sugar levels on an even keel. You do not have to participate in calisthenics. Gentle walking, stretching or using a cycling device while you sit in your favorite chair on top of total chair cushion is just a few of the exercise options that may work for you.
Learn about any and all assistance with health care that may be available to you. Be sure to get regular screenings for common illnesses, have your vision checked annually and see your doctor for a physical every year.
Be Sure to Have Your Hearing Checked Every Year
Seniors with diabetes are far more likely to suffer hearing loss than those who do not have diabetes. Even if you do not feel you are losing your hearing, be sure your doctor performs a hearing screening every year when you go for your physical.
Make Good use of Adaptive Devices
For example, if it is difficult for you to read the numbers on your blood glucose meter, look into getting one that has larger numbers or even one that will read the numbers aloud to you. If affording this sort of equipment is difficult for you, consult with your area agency on aging to see if there are resources available to help you purchase the equipment you need.
Senior citizens should remember that it is relatively easy and worth-while to maintain a healthy lifestyle as they age, most importantly. As they can help assist you, be sure to keep family, friends, and those involved in your elder care informed of your goals.
It is necessary that the above-mentioned advices are shared and even followed to take proper care of the elderly.