Uncategorized | March 13, 2019
With more than half of Americans over age 65 suffering from pre-diabetic conditions, education and prevention are important. The pre-diabetic aging adult is at risk for developing type 2 diabetes, however, he or she can often stop it from progressing further with the correct lifestyle changes.
Incorporating lifestyle changes that include consuming healthier foods, increasing physical activity, and losing extra weight may help with avoiding health complications later, such as nerve, kidney, and heart damage.
Additional physical activity may help someone to lose weight and may lower blood sugar, reducing the need for medications. Aerobic exercise and strength training are both recommended for increasing muscle strength and reducing joint pain. Group swim classes can include cardio, strength and endurance and are perfect for adults requiring the least stress on their joints. Of course, walking is always free and available at any time, and can be more fun with a walking buddy.
It’s generally recommended that seniors workout 150 minutes per week, but when broken down to smaller times, like 30 minutes 5 times per week, it’s pretty easy. If you’re looking for active senior fitness or exercise programs, start with your doctor’s approval and then get started by calling a local community or senior center for info.
Diabetes may be prevented with diet and extra weight loss. Start a recommended diet by speaking with your doctor or nutritionist about your best food choices for weight loss.
Food is thy medicine! What you consume impacts your overall health. Start developing healthier habits now. Learn to recognize normal portion sizes, which foods have more fiber, and limit or remove sugary and salty foods. Increase water intake by replacing juice and soda with fresh water that includes citrus fruits, berries, cucumber slices or sprigs of mint. Know what whole foods are and add fruit and vegetables to your daily diet but keep from buying or eating foods with the longer ingredients lists. Those long lists are sure signs that they aren’t healthy choices and are filled with additives, preservatives, and chemicals.
But Mom, Dad, or Grandma won’t listen to this advice? There is a solution. In-home caregivers can help by encouraging better health at home, with grocery planning, shopping, and meal preparation. Comfort Keepers® caregivers will help you or your loved one find appropriate local exercise classes and provide transportation. Please call us anytime for more information on the best help available for you or a loved one!