The risk for developing type 2 diabetes increases with age. Yet, seniors can take measures now to prevent developing this condition in their golden years. Here are a few tips from Westport home care professionals.
Eat a Plant-Based Diet
Processed and high fat foods are known for contributing to the development of diabetes. Seniors should strive to fill their plate with fresh fruits and vegetables along with lean meats. Replacing sugary sodas with water also helps to keep blood sugar levels low.
Weight management is essential for diabetes prevention. However, this does not always mean that a senior must stick to a strict diet. Instead, subtly reducing portion sizes can prevent overeating. For example, splitting a large restaurant meal in half will drastically reduce the amount of calories a senior consumes.
Daily exercise goes hand in hand with a healthy diet when it comes to practicing weight management. For this reason, seniors will need to find low-impact ways to stay active throughout the day. A walk with a companion, gardening, and simple chair exercises can all add up to a healthy workout by the end of the day.
Stay on Track with Checkups
In the earliest stages, diabetes can often be reversed. Therefore, seniors should not delay their regular medical checkups since this is the first line of defense against developing complications from untreated diabetes. If necessary, seniors can arrange for transportation to the doctor so they never miss a screening.
Diabetes prevention often requires drastic lifestyle changes that can be challenging at first. Seniors can make these changes fun by sharing meals with a friend, asking for help planning healthy meals and exercising with a partner. It is also important to let others know about the efforts that are being made since social support provides motivation to continue working hard at preventing diabetes.
For some seniors, sticking to a healthy diet and maintaining an exercise routine becomes more challenging. Find the help your aging parent or relative needs to stay healthy by reaching out to Home Care Assistance. We offer live-in, part-time, and respite care Westport families trust. Our Balanced Care Method focuses on a nutritious diet, regular exercise, and mental stimulation and is included in all of our care plans at no cost to the client. Learn more by calling 203-955-1915 today and schedule a free in-home consultation.