Three Tips To Reduce the Risk of Diabetes

November 14 is World Diabetes Day. It was first created in 1991 by the International Diabetes Foundation and the World Health Organization. Diabetes is a chronic disease where the pancreas doesn’t produce enough insulin if any at all. It also leads to serious health conditions and can sometimes be preventable. Hiring elder care providers can help implement some of the suggestions here.

Elder Care Thousand Oaks CA - Three Tips To Reduce the Risk of Diabetes

Elder Care Thousand Oaks CA – Three Tips To Reduce the Risk of Diabetes

If your elderly loved one is pre-diabetic or has a family history of diabetes, you can take this day to talk to them frankly about the steps they should be taking to reduce their risk of developing diabetes and the health challenges that go along with the disease. The good news is most of these steps revolve around lifestyle changes and by even taking small steps your elderly loved one can work toward living a healthier life. Let’s take a look at some of these steps. You don’t have to do them all at once, try to incorporate them slowly as your loved one is ready.

Lose extra weight

While fad diets are not the way to lose weight, if your parent is overweight, losing even 7% of their weight can help reduce the risk of developing diabetes. People in one large study reduced their risk of developing diabetes by almost 60% after losing approximately 7% of their body weight with changes in exercise and diet. That’s a significant decrease! Having your elderly loved one work with her physician to develop a safe weight loss plan and then provide support through their elder care team will help increase the chance of success.

Get physically active with elder care assistance

Regular exercise can help your parent lower their blood sugar levels, keep blood sugar levels within the healthy range by increasing the body’s sensitivity to them, and lose weight. Having someone to join them or hold them accountable like an elder care provider can help your parent work on the three basic steps of getting more physically active.

Limit inactivity. Help your loved one to reduce the amount of inactivity by setting alarms or reminders to get up and move about every 30 minutes. Breaking up long bouts of inactivity, such as watching television or playing on the computer, can help control blood sugar levels.

Get 30 minutes of aerobic exercise. Your elderly loved one should strive to walk, bike, or swim for 30 minutes a day. An elder care provider can make a great companion on a walk or take your parent to the gym for swimming or other exercises.

Eat healthy plant foods and fats

Eating fiber-rich foods promotes weight loss and lowers the risk of diabetes. Your parent should enjoy a variety of healthy, fiber-rich foods, such as fruits, non-starchy vegetables, legumes, and whole grains.
Your parent’s diet should also include a variety of foods with unsaturated fats, sometimes called “good fats.” Good fats promote healthy blood cholesterol levels as well as good heart and vascular health. Look to introduce them through olive oil, nuts, and fish such as salmon or tuna.

Making lifestyle changes can be a significant step toward diabetes prevention, It’s never too late to start.


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