Home Care Blog | September 21, 2016
Elder Care Services and Diabetes | With nearly 30 million people suffering from diabetes and tens of millions more with pre-diabetes, it is important to know how to lower one’s risk and/or best manage this dangerous disease.
With Type 2 diabetes, the body can no longer supply the body with the amount of insulin it needs to keep the blood sugar in a safe range. In addition to taking insulin, seniors may be able to address their diabetes through lifestyle modifications. Those who are in the pre-diabetes category can reduce their risk of becoming diabetic through the same modifications. Elder care services can help your senior loved one make these changes.
The two primary ways of reducing diabetes risks and/or controlling diabetes are proper nutrition and exercise. This does not mean diabetics cannot eat sugar or have dessert, but they do need to watch their calorie intake. By eating more lean protein, complex carbohydrates, fiber, vitamins, and minerals, and eating fewer foods high in fat, sugar, and empty calories, the body can better regulate its blood sugar. Elder care services can help your loved one plan tasty, nutritious meals, shop for food, and even help prepare meals.
Exercise helps the body burn calories and maintain stable blood sugar levels. Combined with healthy meals, exercise can help seniors lose weight (obesity is a major diabetes risk factor) and reduce the likelihood of complications from diabetes. This exercise should simply be something that is enjoyable, so that it is done long-term. Elder care personnel can help your loved one find and stick to an exercise program that is right for them.
Many seniors worry that with age they may forget to take their medication, be unable to perform their glucose tests or eat properly, or they will not be able to continue an exercise routine. Elder care services provides your loved one with the peace of mind that comes from knowing they will receive the support they need to receive their medication and follow their care routine.
In short, diabetes impacts many seniors. Yet, elder care services can help your loved one lower their risk of diabetes, or – if they are already diabetic – provide the support needed to remain independent and maximize their quality of life.