Uncategorized | November 6, 2017
November is Diabetes Awareness Month, which comes just in time for successful management of diabetes during the holiday season. Diabetes effects millions of people around the world. It is essential to remain aware of the necessary methods and practices to lead a healthy life while living with the disease. It can be challenging to maintain these practices during the holidays, and especially so for seniors.
Management of diabetes can be done with the proper approach and for seniors, it can be especially helpful to have professional home health care assistance. The changes required to successfully manage blood sugar levels can be implemented into everyday lifestyle changes. During the holidays, there are a few things that aging seniors can do to ensure that their levels stay at a healthy range.
Holidays are about family, friends, parties, time off work, spiritual reflections and of course, good food, lots of good food. Seniors must take precaution and continue to eat smart while enjoying food during the holidays. This means making healthy food choices and not skipping meals. There is no green light to overindulge because you’ve skipped a meal. Not eating sensibly throughout the day can cause diabetics to make poor food choices.
Take the time to exercise or work out during the holidays for successful home health care. Diabetes does not take the holidays off. In fact, it becomes more important to watch your levels due to the possibility of eating the wrong foods and missing out on regular workout routines. Take morning walks, use the treadmill that’s collecting dust and stay moving whenever possible. Set out at least an hour each day to implement physical activity.
This is a reminder to watch the alcohol intake. While it is okay to drink or sip an occasional drink in celebration of the holidays. Take inventory of what you are drinking and how much you are consuming. If you attend multiple dinners or parties within a week, skip the alcohol from time to time.
Seniors should rely on their home health care assistants to help them maintain good habits during the holiday season. These professionals are aware of the effect that diabetes has on the health of aging adults. Holidays can be miserable for seniors if they become ill due to lack of attention to their diabetes. Careful maintenance and habits ensure that the holidays will be happy, and the new year will be filled with prosperity and good health. If you would to inquire about these services for your loved one who is living with diabetes, contact us today!