Diabetes is a serious condition that affects many older adults. While there is currently no cure for diabetes, steps can be taken to help manage the condition and maintain a healthy lifestyle.
We understand that managing diabetes is no easy task, but we also know that diabetes can be managed appropriately through certain efforts. HarborChase Senior Living would like to give you a few tips to help the senior in your life manage their diabetes.
Regular Check-Ups and Doctor Visits
As an older adult, it is recommended that your parent or loved one frequently visit their primary physician or a healthcare professional, especially if they are managing diabetes. These visits can prove crucial to a senior diagnosed with diabetes, as it can help ensure they are maintaining a healthy and active lifestyle.
Checking your loved one’s glucose and blood sugar levels throughout the day is also recommended. When testing blood sugar levels, your loved one should log it in a notebook or online tool. Date and time, any recent activity, and the last thing you ate can help your doctor monitor spikes or dips.
What Does a Diabetic Diet Look Like?
While many foods may be “off the menu” for your loved one, there are still plenty of diabetic-friendly foods that are delicious and can help maintain a healthy diet.
- Heart-healthy fish
- Fruits & vegetables
- Whole grains
- Low-fat dairy
These are a few items that are recommended to incorporate into a diabetic diet. Your parent or loved one should aim to avoid fried foods, sugary foods (candy, soda, certain juices, etc.), and other similar foods that can negatively impact someone with diabetes.
We invite you to download HarborChase’s diabetic-friendly recipe guide for restaurant-quality meals at home!
Maintaining a Healthy and Active Lifestyle
Maintaining an active lifestyle is another great way to help manage diabetes. Exercise improves blood glucose control (particularly in type 2 diabetes), contributes to weight loss, and improves overall well-being. In addition, being active makes the body more sensitive to insulin, the hormone that allows cells in your body to use blood sugar for energy, which helps to better manage diabetes.
Exercises that prove beneficial for those with diabetes - especially older adults - can include:
- Aerobic exercises involving the continuous movement of large muscle groups
- Walking, cycling, jogging, and swimming
- Flexibility and stretching exercises
- Tai chi or yoga which combines flexibility, balance, and resistance activities
Of course, it is recommended that you speak with a healthcare professional before starting any exercise regimen. Their physician can determine what type of physical activity is the best course of action for your parent or loved one.
Implementing these steps into your loved one’s day-to-day life may take time, but once a routine is developed, the management of their diabetes diagnosis will be a lot easier on both of you.
HarborChase Senior Living hopes you found this article educational and helps you and your loved one better manage their lifestyle. If you would like more helpful information regarding senior health or older adults, we encourage you to visit our blog!