November is National Diabetes Month 2020. Living with diabetes is a challenge for anyone, but is especially challenging for seniors who are living alone. Diabetes requires a pro-active approach in managing the disease.
Regency Home Care Atlanta knows that when it comes to diabetes in seniors, there are many important factors that could drastically impact their quality of life. Let’s take a moment to learn how we can help seniors living on their own during Diabetes Month.
Diabetes is one of the most common chronic conditions that affects aging adults. When you have Type 2 diabetes, your pancreas does not produce enough insulin, or your body is not using the insulin properly which causes glucose to build up in the blood stream when the glucose should be used for energy instead.
Those living with diabetes require proper care such as:
- Managing blood glucose levels
- Encouraging healthy habits
- Being prepared for emergencies
- Having the proper medical supplies and equipment on hand
- Maintaining an emergency and health care professional contact list and medication list
It is very important for seniors living with diabetes to eat healthy meals. Proper nutrition is one way to keep diabetes under control. Avoid excess sugars, saturated fats, and foods high in cholesterol. Many elderly individuals living with diabetes find it helpful to set up a meal plan so they stay on track.
Physical activity is also very important for seniors living with diabetes. Staying active helps keep blood pressure and weight at a healthy level allowing insulin to work more efficiently in lowering blood glucose levels.
Medication can help prevent complications, such as heart, blood vessel, disease of the eyes and nerves, or kidney disease. It is important for everyone with diabetes to stop smoking and to limit alcohol usage. Alcohol beverages are often laden with excess sugars.
Regency Home Care Atlanta is here to help with the best home health care in Georgia and the surrounding Atlanta area. We help to ensure that your aging loved one is safe at home to allow them to live life to the fullest for as long as possible. Senior home care Atlanta offers tips on maximizing life at home for the seniors you love including professional in-home care assistance.
Contact us for more information on private duty care in Atlanta. We are your partner in care to help with living safely independently for as long as possible. We help with safe, reliable transportation to health-related appointments and procedures, running errands, preparing nutritious meals and so much more.