Diabetes is a serious problem in the United States. According to the American Diabetes Association, almost 10 percent of the American population has diabetes. 1.5 million cases of diabetes are diagnosed each year. Perhaps even more disturbing is the fact that diabetes is the 7th most common cause of death. Because diabetes is so common, it’s important to know what can help your aging relative to prevent diabetes.
Below are some tips to reduce their risks.
Maintain a Healthy Weight
For people who are overweight, losing just 5 to 10 percent of their body weight can lower the risk of developing diabetes. In fact, studies show that it could reduce the risk by as much as 60 percent. The Mayo Clinic advises losing weight by making healthy choices a habit instead of trying fad diets, which often result in regaining the weight.
Increase Physical Activity
Exercise can help older adults to lose weight. It can also help lower blood sugar. Exercise helps the body to be more sensitive to insulin, so that it does a better job of using sugar. In general, seniors should try to get around 30 minutes of exercise five days per week. Exercise doesn’t have to be a structured workout. Any kind of physical activity counts. A home care provider can help increase physical activity by going for walks with the older adult, helping them to work in the garden, or driving them to a senior fitness class.
Skip Sugary Drinks
A growing body of research links drinking sugary beverages, like soda, to an increased risk for diabetes. Instead of sugary drinks, seniors should stick mainly to water. Drinking more water has been linked to improved control of blood sugar levels. A home care provider can help your aging family member to drink more water by keeping a cold, fresh bottle of water near the senior throughout the day.
Opt for Whole Grains
Experts at the Mayo Clinic recommend that half of all grain products a person consumes each day come from whole grains. Although scientists aren’t sure exactly how it works, they do know that eating whole grains helps regulate blood sugar levels. A home care provider can help older adults add more whole grains to their diets by assisting them with reading labels when they are grocery shopping. Whole grain products are those that list a whole grain within the first few ingredients in the list.
Smoking can cause the body to be more resistant to insulin, making it less effective. Research shows that smoking increases the risk for diabetes by 44 percent. If the person smokes 20 or more cigarettes per day, the risk goes up to 61 percent. Home care can help a senior to quit smoking by reminding them to use medications or other treatments recommended by the doctor. They can also offer a distraction when the urge to smoke hits.
If you or an aging loved-one are considering Homecare in Marrietta, GA, please call the caring staff at Always Care Nursing Services today. Call for Assistance: (404) 266-8773 or (800) 989-7828
Administrator of 3 Florida (Always Care) Home Health Agencies for over Fourteen years.
Always Care of Georgia since 2001
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