There are an estimated 3.4 million Canadians living with diabetes, a number that is expected to grow to 5 million by 2025. Diabetes affects seniors more than any other age group, with nearly one million Canadians 65 years and over being diabetic. Living with diabetes can be daunting, especially since there is no cure. But taking certain actions to manage it and keep the symptoms at bay is something you can control. This is especially important for seniors living with this disease. Taking action to minimize the severity of diabetes is a must. Here are some important actions to consider for managing diabetes:
Create a Healthy Meal Plan
One of the most important actions you can take at mitigating the impacts of diabetes is by eating healthy. It isn’t always easy to maintain a balanced diet, but creating a healthy meal plan can help. Creating a structured meal plan – and sticking to it – makes it less likely that you will indulge in unhealthy foods high in saturated fats, sugar, or cholesterol. Having a meal plan in place can help to alleviate spontaneous eating, especially when it makes you reach for those unhealthy treats.
Focus on Well-Balanced Foods
Creating a meal plan doesn’t require meticulous ingredients or a ton of preparation. Diabetics are encouraged to simply have a well-balanced, nutritional diet that’s well-rounded with protein, fruits, veggies, high fibre, and everything else that we’re all encouraged to eat. Moderation and a balanced diet are essential for maintaining a healthy weight and good target ranges for blood pressure, cholesterol, and glucose.
Of course, we know how important exercise is for the welfare of our body. When it comes to senior health, it’s even more so. Incorporating physical exercise into your daily routine helps to lower blood pressure, manage a healthy weight, and allow insulin to more effectively lower blood glucose levels.
Some of the best ways to incorporate exercise in a low-impact manner include swimming, taking up aquatic aerobics, cycling, dancing, and even bowling. Consult with your doctor beforehand to get their advice.
Commit to Each Day
It may be difficult to maintain a nutritious diet and exercise in the long term. But if you commit to them each day, it won’t seem so overwhelming or grueling. Focus on each day and nothing more. That way you can take one step – and one day – at a time towards a healthier you.
Living with diabetes presents challenges that can be difficult to adapt to and accept. But it’s a serious condition that must be managed. Seniors who are diabetic require extra diligence and care, especially when it comes to managing this disease. By integrating meal plans with a well-balanced nutritional diet, along with low-impact exercise, you can look forward to each day, symptom free.
Choice Homecare offers a range of services that can help diabetic seniors lead healthier, more fulfilling lives. From assistance with meal prep to helping with medication and insulin schedules, book a free consultation to discuss how our in-home caregivers can provide support and care.