Exercise and Portion Control Are Key to Living a Healthy Life with Diabetes
A diabetes diagnosis can be intimidating because it requires many patients to make lifestyle changes. Seniors can still live healthy lives with diabetes by following these tips from the staff at CareOne.
-A balanced diet with appropriate portion sizes is vital. Half of the plate should be filled with non-starchy vegetables, like broccoli, spinach, green beans, or carrots. The remaining half should be divided into two equal sections, one for protein (meat, poultry, or fish) and one for starches (like potatoes or rice). People with diabetes can still eat many of their favorite foods in moderation by practicing portion control. Many continuing care retirement communities offer special menus for residents with diabetes.
-Commit to getting fit and active. Losing even a few pounds can make diabetes more manageable, and proper portion size is a step in the right direction. Incorporating any amount of physical activity will benefit patients by improving their energy and stress levels, burning calories, increasing strength, and lowering blood glucose.
-Monitor how exercise affects your blood glucose. Blood pressure should be checked before and after exercising to understand how the body normally reacts to exercise. Patients who plan to be active for several hours should bring a snack along to prevent hypoglycemia while exercising.
By making a few small changes, seniors with diabetes can live normal, healthy lives. Contact us today to learn more about the services offered to diabetic patients in CareOne’s continuing care retirement communities.