It is important for all of us to take care of our physical and mental health. If you are a senior with diabetes, recognize that it is a lifelong condition and you need to stick with a healthy lifestyle, including eating the right meals and getting proper exercise. There may be a medication plan to follow as well.
Choosing the Right Foods
If you are a senior with diabetes, opt for a diet that is full of fiber and vegetables. Avoid salt, fat, alcohol and sugar. Superfoods, foods full of antioxidants, fiber, and vitamins, are a benefit to your overall health. Peruse a list of superfoods and add them to your shopping list and incorporate beans, dark green vegetables, whole grains, and citrus to your daily meals.
Check Your Glucose Levels
Once you have discussed how to check your blood glucose level with a healthcare professional, and feel confident moving forward with the process on your own, be sure to monitor your blood glucose levels.
If you are a senior with diabetes, you may be at higher risk of experiencing low blood sugar (hypoglycemia). Confusion, hunger, fatigue, irritability, and anxiety. Make your health a priority and maintain a schedule of caring for yourself.
Talk through any anxieties or frustrations you are having with someone you love or a professional counselor. Often, another person can give you a fresh perspective on what is troubling you. Isolating and dealing with problems on your own can exacerbate feelings of loneliness, reach out to pave a path for healing for both your physical and mental health.
A Senior with Diabetes Should Keep Moving
When living with diabetes, managing your glucose level and your weight is part of being in the best shape you can be. Aerobic exercise can help because it relieves stress, enhances circulation, strengthens bones and assists your body’s use of insulin.
Exercising five days a week, for 30 minutes, is recommended. If needed, split the exercise up. For example, you could opt to walk for 10 minutes but do that three times a day, adding up to your full 30 minutes. From there, add some strength training, too. Talk to your healthcare provider to find the right solution for you.
Even simple stretches can help. Stretching increase your flexibility and can alleviate stress. Some find it gratifying to get exercise in a social setting, such as attending a local yoga class designed for seniors, where you can stretch and focus on your breathing. Others prefer to exercise alone, stretching in their living rooms or at a local park.
Maintain Your Health
To maintain your health, take your diabetes medication regularly. Use pill boxes to organize your medications. Many also find it helpful to set alarms on their devices, reminding them to take their medication.
Keep all of these suggestions in mind and remember to stay up-to-date on the following as well; see your healthcare provider regularly, visit your dentist twice a year, inspect your feet daily for signs of infection, and stay up to date on vaccines.
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