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Seniors and Diabetes Management

By Jonathan Wells, 9:00 am on

A large majority of seniors experience some form of diabetes during their lifetime that will require special care and treatments. A diabetes management plan is essential to avoid damage to kidneys, eyes, heart, nerves, teeth, and gums.

1. The Fountain of Youth

Exercise is like the fountain of youth for seniors with diabetes. Active older adults find a positive improvement in their insulin sensitivity and response to blood glucose medications. Activities such as dancing can be fun and joining a dance group combines socialization with exercise for a winning combination.

2. Discover the Joys of Food

Diabetes is not a life sentence of bad food, but rather a time to discover a whole new world of flavor. Diet is an important part of learning to manage diabetes, but for many, the word diet conjures up images of bland, boring food. Change that thought and replace it with images of new and exciting meal choices. Experiment with new kinds of carbohydrates like quinoa, legumes, and sweet potatoes and give new spices a try as well.

3. Foot Care

Foot problems could be a sign of poor diabetes management. The foot is an often-neglected part of the body that doesn’t get the respect it deserves. High blood glucose levels can reduce the supply of blood to limbs causing reduced feelings in the feet, and foot injuries can go unnoticed creating serious problems later. Make sure your loved one or his or her caregiver is checking feet and cleaning them thoroughly each day.

4. Avoid Stress

Stress is one of the leading causes of high blood glucose levels in diabetics. Removing stress entirely is ideal, but when that is not possible, home care providers in Douglas County suggest deep breathing, meditating, or listening to music can alleviate the worries.

5. Brush Teeth and Floss

People with diabetes experience more tooth and gum problems when their blood glucose levels are high. It is recommended that diabetics brush after each meal and floss once a day to keep a healthy and beautiful smile. Complete diabetes management plans include good oral hygiene.

Managing a chronic illness like diabetes becomes more challenging with age. Provide your loved one with the additional help and support he or she needs to maintain a high quality of life by reaching out to Home Care Assistance at 720-287-1685. Our experienced Douglas County caregivers can help with grocery shopping, meal preparation, transportation, medication reminders, exercise, and more. Schedule an in-home consultation today. We’re here to help.