Approximately 25% of Americans over the age of 60 have diabetes. As people age, their risk of Type 2 diabetes increases. In those with diabetes, the body fails to produce enough insulin to turn the glucose from the food they eat into usable energy. This causes the glucose to remain in the blood. High blood glucose levels put people at a higher risk of high blood pressure, heart disease and stroke, as well as other serious conditions. While there is no cure for diabetes, it can be managed so those with diabetes can go on to live long, healthy lives. Here are a few tips on managing diabetes:
- Eat a healthy diet - as you decide what foods to eat, try first to fill up on non-starchy vegetables such as salad, green beans, broccoli, cauliflower, cabbage, carrots, and tomatoes, then you can move on to a smaller portion of starches and include a protein to help stabilize blood sugars (see the "plate method" in the living healthy guide from the ADA)
- Include Vitamin D – make sure you are getting enough, and ask your doctor if you should be taking a supplement
- Exercise – try for 30 minutes of aerobic exercise 5 days a week, and strength-training twice a week
- Quit smoking
- Talk to your doctor about diabetes, and learn all that you can.
We, here at Elder Caring, would love to sit down with you and help find you or your loved one a caregiver to help with managing your diabetes. We have screened caregivers that can assist with shopping, dietary needs, social support, escort to doctor's office or other appointments, fitness and exercise and many other services depending on your needs. You don't have to manage diabetes alone, we are here to help.
The American Diabetes Association has provided these two guides for living healthy with diabetes, and help for caregiving for someone with diabetes.
Living Healthy with Diabetes
Caregiving for Someone with Diabetes