Living a Healthy Lifestyle with Diabetes

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It’s not easy living with diabetes. However, by understanding the condition and finding the right support services, it’s possible to adopt a healthy lifestyle without going through a number of overwhelming changes all at once.

At Home Care Assistance Caledon, it’s our goal to help change the way the world ages. If you have an aging parent or loved one with diabetes, we encourage you to rely on our in-home caregivers to assist with daily activities, ensuring their health, safety and comfort. Our highly trained caregivers can provide your loved one with support as they make doctor-recommended lifestyle changes, which can often include:

  • Boosting Activity Levels – For diabetics, regular physical activity can be a great way to shed some pounds and manage glucose levels. If your aging loved one wasn’t very active before being diagnosed with diabetes, talk with his or her doctor about an appropriate exercise routine, and get them involved with hobbies involving some type of activity like yoga, weight training or swimming.
  • Watching Weight – Losing weight may help get your aging loved one off insulin and other medications that he or she is taking to control their diabetes. Taking steps like filling up half the plate with colorful fruits and vegetables, cutting back on processed foods and choosing healthy snacks can be a good place to start.
  • Reducing Stress Levels – Even if your aging loved one is not having problems with their weight, out of control stress levels can also throw blood sugar levels out of whack. In fact, physical and mental stress can facilitate the production of stress hormones and raise sugar levels. Consider countering your loved one’s stress by introducing them to relaxation techniques or going on regular walks with your loved one to help to calm them down.

Additional Diabetic Lifestyle Tips

Other tips for seniors and older adults with diabetes can include, but are not limited to:

  • Drinking plenty of water to avoid dehydration and control sugar levels
  • Remembering to take medication(s) or insulin as directed
  • Finding an exercise buddy to increase motivation to stay active
  • Keeping track of sugar levels (can also include the use of high-tech glucose monitors that make recording results even easier)
  • Measuring progress after a specific period of time (since it’s easier to stay motivated when you see results)

The key to helping your loved one successfully live with diabetes is to make adjustments on his or her own schedule, starting with a commitment to get regular checkups, monitor blood sugar levels and report any sudden drops or spikes in glucose levels. Then, by implementing the tips above, your loved one can better maintain his or her regular routine in a healthy and safe way.

If you have a parent or loved one with diabetes and believe they would benefit from professional care at home, reach out to Home Care Assistance of Caledon today. Our highly trained and compassionate caregivers provide hourly care in Caledon and the surrounding communities, and are also available for overnight or live-in care if your loved one’s needs are more advanced. Call us today at 905-951-8885 and schedule a complimentary, no-obligation consultation with a friendly Care Manager.