With 50% of Americans older than 65 years suffering from pre-diabetes, learning how to prevent it is important. The pre-diabetic is already at risk for developing type 2 diabetes, but it can usually be stopped from progressing further with the right lifestyle changes.
Making lifestyle changes that incorporate healthy foods, more activity, and losing some extra pounds may help to avoid serious health complications down the road, such as nerve, kidney, and heart damage.
Physical activity helps with weight loss, but also may lower blood sugar. A combination of aerobic exercise and strength training can help with muscle strength and reduce joint pain. Aerobic and strengthening swim classes are perfect for people who require the lightest stress on their joints. Walking is always free, convenient and can be especially fun with a buddy.
Seniors should workout 150 minutes per week, but it can be broken down to smaller times, like 30 minutes 5 times per week. Are you looking for senior fitness or exercise programs? With doctor’s approval, you can get started by calling your local community center or senior center.
Diabetes can often be prevented with diet and weight loss. Talk with your doctor or nutritionist about the healthiest food choices for weight loss.
Food can be the best medicine. What you eat will have an impact on your overall health so start now by developing healthier habits, like recognizing and eating normal portion sizes, adding more fiber, and limiting sugary and salty foods. Drink more water. Replace juice and soda with water infused with citrus fruits, berries, cucumber or sprigs of mint. Add more whole foods, like fruit and vegetables. Stay away from foods with long ingredients lists. That’s a sure sign that there are additives, preservatives and chemicals included.
But you say Mom or Dad won’t listen to this advice? In-home caregivers can play an important role by helping with encouraging reminders at home, with grocery shopping, and meal preparation. Comfort Keepers® caregivers can help find local group exercise classes and provide transportation, too. Call us today for the best help available for you or a loved one!
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