Are you worried that your aging loved one may end up with diabetes? You’ve got good reason to be concerned. Compared to other age groups, the development of diabetes is a higher risk for retirement age individuals. Part of this is frequently their lack of physical activity and/or poor eating habits. Fortunately, in order to prevent diabetes, there are certain lifestyle changes that can be made. To reduce the risk of diabetes, let’s see what can be done…
Blood sugar levels are negatively affected by stress. During stress, hormones like glucagon and cortisol are secreted. These can pose a serious health risk and cause elevated blood sugar. Whenever possible, situations, places, and people who cause stress in your aging loved one’s life should be avoided.
If stress continues to be a problem, things like meditation, yoga, and other programs/exercises may be of assistance.
We all know by now that smoking is unhealthy. Yet, not everyone is on board. Smoking can make the body insulin-resistant, so blood sugar levels may go up. Lower extremities may not get the blood flow they need because smoking constricts blood vessels. Chronic health conditions like heart disease and more may be developed if a smoker develops diabetes, and continues smoking.
If your loved one is relatively inactive, exercise should start slowly and progress from there. They should never exercise past their limitations and they should always adhere to any restrictions from their physician. Exercising can be as simple as walking or more complicated and strenuous, if desired.
Exercising helps individuals to maintain a healthy weight. It promotes muscle and protects bone density, as well. Metabolism also works better with exercise.
Type 2 diabetes may possibly be averted with exercise because it helps regulate HDL cholesterol, blood sugar levels, and blood pressure.
Drinking plenty of water is, without question, a huge part of staying healthy and staving off almost any condition. Through urination, excessive sugar levels are flushed out of your blood/body. To reduce diabetes risks and keep blood sugar levels where they belong, hydration is crucial.
Meals should be not only delicious but nutritious. The better something tastes, the more likely a person is to eat it. The more nutritious something is, the better it will be for their mind and body. If your loved one isn’t getting the right kind of nutrition, you may need to step in and see to it that they have the right types of food available. They may also need help preparing meals if they are no longer capable or have simply lost interest in cooking.
Too much of something or too little of something may have an adverse effect on your loved one’s risk for diabetes. If they already have diabetes, it’s crucial that what they eat be monitored and appropriate.
Enjoy Nutritious and Delicious Meals at Conservatory At Keller Town Center
Among the numerous amenities at Conservatory At Keller Town Center is the nutritious and delicious, chef-prepared meals served three times a day. Though you may be able to prepare your own meals, there will be days when you do not feel like cooking. Fortunately, you can always enjoy restaurant-style dining in our retirement community. To learn more about our senior living programs, please contact us at 682-688-9753. Better yet, schedule a tour and visit us so you can see for yourself what we have to offer.