Posted on Nov 11, 2016
Seniors and Diabetes and In Home Care
As we age, we carry along wisdom and fond memories. We learn from past mistakes and we gain more confidence in our choices with each passing year. Along with gained knowledge and memories as we age comes a higher likelihood to be affected by diseases such as diabetes. With age comes an increased risk of complication in vision, heart, and hearing, so these diseases should be monitored closely.
When living with diabetes, it is important to monitor blood sugar levels regularly. Keeping a chart of blood sugar levels will help to monitor and find ways to reduce possible health risks. It is helpful to have a physician review these charts to help decide if the treatment is working consistently.
Regular exercise is another way to cope with living with diabetes. Staying active is helpful for lowering glucose levels. The exercise doesn’t have to be strenuous to be effective. Simply taking a stroll around the neighborhood or around the local shopping mall will reap many benefits for the body.
When it comes to seniors living with diabetes, it is helpful to schedule regular doctor visits and check-ups. Vision and hearing screenings are useful in determining possible decline. Living with diabetes produces higher risk of eye problems such as damage to the retina and cataracts. Hearing tests are important because diabetes can cause nerve damage and blood vessels in the inner ear. Hearing loss is twice as likely in those who live with diabetes.
Living with diabetes is not an impossible task. Eating well-balanced and healthy meals is one way to live with diabetes effectively. Those who have diabetes tend to suffer from vitamin deficiencies so it’s necessary to incorporate vitamins B12, C, D, zine and magnesium, among other nutrients. Diets higher in fiber, protein and lower in carbohydrates seem to work best in the daily fight against diabetes. If a senior loved one lives alone, it can be helpful for a caregiver to come by at least once a week to prepare healthy and portioned meals that can be reheated. If there are well-balanced meals to choose from, the less likely a poor food choice will be made. Learning to cope with the disease with proper care will increase the quality of life.
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