Healthy Aging Tips for Those Who Have Diabetes

November 15th, 2016 No Comments

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November is American Diabetes Month

Did you know that one-in-four people over the age of 60 have diabetes? According to the American Diabetes Association, 11.2-million Americans age 65 or older are living with diabetes. Though the initial diagnosis can be overwhelming, those with diabetes learn how to manage their condition by taking gradual steps and adjusting to the condition over time. As loved ones and caregivers, we want to be supportive and help them continue to enjoy the healthiest life possible.  This November for American Diabetes Month, Visiting Angels offers a few tips to help you avoid or delay complications that will keep you from a long, happy, and active life.

Diabetes is a common disease that comes in two forms, type I and type II. As we get older, our risk to develop type II diabetes increases. Even though there’s no cure for the disease, both types can be managed over time with the guidance of a healthcare professional.  There are 1.7-million Americans who are diagnosed each year with diabetes, both young and old. In general, diabetes is a metabolic disease in which a person has a high glucose level (blood sugar), either because there is inadequate production of insulin in the body, because cells in the body are failing to respond properly to the insulin being produced, or both.  Taking control of the disease requires making lifestyle changes from the foods you eat to the type of workouts you complete.

There’s an increase rate for older adults with diabetes to experience complications or disabilities compared to their healthy, non-diabetic counterparts. For instance hospitalization rates for heart attacks were 1.8 times higher among adults with diabetes than those without.  People with diabetes can face complications of kidney disease, stroke, heart disease and visual impairment.

8 ways to manage your diabetes to avoid the risk of complications:

1. Get a diabetic care team, including doctors, nurses, supportive family members, and friends.

2. Follow healthy eating habits. Choose the right foods, the appropriate amount and at appropriate times.

3. Get active and stay active.

4. If advised by your doctor, check your blood glucose.

5. Take your medication as prescribed by your doctor.

6. Stay educated. Learn all that you can about diabetes.

7. Go to your doctor’s appointments.

8. If you are a smoker, quit smoking.

Seniors living with diabetes can face even more challenges in their day-to-day activities as they get older such as: standing, cooking, getting dressed, shopping, managing money, and using the bathroom. When diabetic seniors start to lose independence and have difficulty completing everyday tasks, family members are advised to  additional care.

Visiting Angels offers the senior care that you or your loved one needs if you are battling diabetes and need assistance coping with day-to-day tasks. Diabetes is not a disease you take on by yourself, and the good news is that you don’t have to. Our professional, caring Angels come will help you remain independent in your home so that you are able to age gracefully while living a happy, healthy life.

If your family member or someone close to you has been diagnosed with diabetes and has been struggling to retain their independence, and could use extra assistance while remaining in the comfort of home, contact Visiting Angels today. We offer professional, individualized, in-home care to adults and seniors in Mercer & Burlington Counties, New Jersey. For additional diabetic tips, check out our blog post: “6 Mistakes People with Diabetes Can Make with Their Feet.”

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