Senior Care in Des Moines, IA – 3 Changes Your Elderly Loved One Can Make to Help Avoid Diabetes
There are two basic types of diabetes: Type I and Type II. Type I is also known as juvenile diabetes and is a condition in which the pancreas cannot produce any insulin. The individual who has been diagnosed with this type of diabetes will need regular blood glucose monitoring and insulin supplementation.
The other type of diabetes is commonly referred to as ‘adult onset diabetes.’ This accounts for 90 percent of all cases of diabetes in the United States. For any senior who requires care, an experienced caregiver can make a world of difference, especially if they have been diagnosed with type II diabetes.
Any senior who is looking to overcome this disease and keep it from developing into type I diabetes should pay attention to a number of things that an experienced senior care service provider may be encouraging them to do to improve their overall health and well-being.
1. Change their diet.
A healthy diet for somebody who has been diagnosed with type II diabetes will include increasing the amount of fresh fruit and vegetables they eat, including whole grains, beans, and low-fat dairy products. The type of vegetables that can be incredibly beneficial can include broccoli, lettuce, and carrots. They should also reduce consumption of high starch foods, including red meat and other dairy products.
2. Lose weight.
There are plenty of ways that Americans can lose weight, but there are so many different diet plans and ‘miracle diet pills’ that make it seem almost impossible. Just eating healthier, avoiding fatty foods, avoiding junk foods, and increasing exercise can all help a person to lose weight.
Some seniors, especially those who are overweight and are dealing with other health problems may feel that exercise is not beneficial to them. In most cases, their doctor or other primary care physician will likely encourage exercise as a way to improve their physical health and well-being.
3. Ease of stress.
When somebody is under a great deal of stress, it can make it much more difficult to control blood sugar levels. If the senior requires care and is receiving it from a family member, this can create a stressful situation.
The family caregiver certainly doesn’t intend to create stress within their loved one’s life, but it does happen. Also, being anxious and nervous about getting around on their own, stepping into and out of the tub or shower if they are experiencing less strength in their legs, and walking up and down stairs can also increase stress, which is why it’s so important to have exceptional senior care working with them when necessary.
Following these 3 tips can help encourage the senior to beat adult onset diabetes and live a healthier and longer life.
If you or an aging loved one are considering elder care services, please contact the caring staff at TRUMARK HomeCare of Des Moines, IA. Call today: (515) 619-5225.