Jan 6, 2017 by Matt Clinnard
Diabetes is a common health condition among the elderly population. Although living with diabetes can be challenging for senior citizens, in home care professionals believe is definitely manageable through healthy lifestyle habits. If your older loved one has diabetes, a home health care aide is an invaluable resource that can educate them on these tips.
Take Care of Feet
Since diabetes can lead to nerve damage, excellent foot care is vital. Seniors with diabetes must make it a priority to wash their feet in warm water and dry them with a soft towel on a daily basis. They should avoid using hot water or soaking their feet and visit a doctor as soon as they notice any blisters, bruises, calluses, or any other abnormalities.
Get Treated for Sleep Apnea
Older adults who notice they are constantly sleepy during the day may have sleep apnea which is a sleep disorder that causes breathing interruptions during sleep. Many people with diabetes are prone to sleep apnea because the risk of this disorder increases with the risk of insulin resistance. It’s essential for seniors to sleep well every night so visiting a doctor for excessive sleepiness during the day or sleep apnea is a must.
Maintain Excellent Oral Health
Diabetes can prompt high glucose levels in a senior’s saliva if they have diabetes. High glucose levels increase the risk for dental decay which can be tough to fight with diabetes. Therefore, older adults must take care of their teeth and gums by brushing and flossing every day with a fluoride toothpaste. Regular visits to the dentist are also important.
Avoid Excessive Alcohol Consumption
Older adults with diabetes should avoid drinking alcohol too often and reserve drinks for social or special occasions. Seniors who take insulin or diabetes medications that stimulate the pancreas to generate more insulin can experience low blood sugar if they drink excessively. Drinking too much forces the liver to remove the alcohol from the bloodstream rather than regulating blood sugar.
Keep a Food Journal
In home care professionals recommend keeping a food journal is a great way for seniors to monitor their eating habits and uncover if certain foods hinder their weight and blood sugar levels. A food journal will make it easier for older adults to stick to a healthy diet and avoid foods that only make their diabetes worse.
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