Sep 7, 2017 by Katie Fielmann
Healthy Aging Month is a way for citizens to consider the positive choices that lead to an increased quality of life during their elder years. Observed each September, Healthy Aging Month activities are sponsored by many cities and organizations across the United States and focus on areas ranging from physical and mental health to social, emotional, and even financial considerations.
One of the areas seniors will want to think about during Healthy Aging Month is diabetes and the many life choices that influence this prevalent disease.
One of the primary ways seniors with diabetes can manage their disease is through a healthy diet. In the same way, seniors who wish to avoid the trials and tribulations of diabetes can lessen their risk by choosing healthy and nutritious foods. Seniors who have difficulty preparing meals due to chronic pain or other medical conditions may find the assistance from home health care services to be invaluable.
Exercise is often looked upon as a dangerous activity for diabetics. Seniors worry that too much exercise will lower their blood sugar and create problems. In truth, working out on a regular schedule helps regulate blood sugars. Exercise may also help with weight, cardiovascular issues, and sleep. For seniors who are not exercising regularly, Healthy Aging Month is a great time to start a fitness program. Some great choices include walking, swimming, water aerobics, Tai Chi, or riding a recumbent bike. Seniors who are not sure where to start or who may need physical or emotional support will find the personnel of Comfort Keepers home health care services to be a great help.
Avoiding alcohol is important for diabetics. Alcohol spikes blood sugar levels and is usually discouraged for use with diabetic medication. When alcohol is consumed, it is very important for diabetics to eat a meal and to check their blood sugar regularly.
Many seniors feel that skipping meals will help them lose weight and lower their blood sugar levels. Skipping meals makes it harder for the body to regulate blood sugar and typically leads to weight gain instead of weight loss. Further, skipping meals makes it hard to plan for the appropriate level of insulin or other medication.
During Healthy Aging Month, seniors should consider their dietary choices, daily routines, and exercise regimen, especially if diabetes is an issue. For more information about Healthy Aging Month, diabetes, or the many ways Comfort Keepers home health care services can maximize your senior loved one’s safety, independence, and quality of life, contact a senior care coordinator today.
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