When people eat, their bodies turn the food into glucose. Insulin then transports this glucose to the cells, where it is transformed into the energy people need in day-to-day life. However, when people have diabetes, this process is hampered by insulin that isn’t functioning properly. Many seniors are at risk for diabetes, but thankfully there are ways to prevent it.
Seniors can face a variety of challenges as they age, many of which can be mitigated with the help of professional in-home caregivers who provide high-quality in-home care. Newcastle families trust in Home Care Assistance to help their elderly loved ones age in place safely and comfortably.
Here are a few lifestyle choices that contribute towards diabetes.
Smoking increases blood sugar levels, which can lead to the development of diabetes. To ensure the body is producing the appropriate amount of insulin, seniors should try to quit smoking. Caregivers can encourage seniors to give up smoking in a variety of ways such as by providing nicotine patches, driving them to smoking support groups, and giving them words of encouragement when they’re feeling down.
2. Unhealthy Eating Habits
Eating poorly is one of the leading causes of type 2 diabetes. Starchy carbohydrates can cause a spike in blood pressure. Sugary drinks like soda and sweet tea are empty calories that lead to weight gain. Saturated fats, which are found in butter, are linked to insulin resistance. Seniors with unhealthy eating habits can minimise their diabetes risk by substituting butter, sugar, and carbohydrates for lean proteins and healthy produce. Caregivers can make a difference by helping seniors plan and prepare nutritious meals.
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3. Excessive Alcohol Use
Having an occasional glass of wine may lower the risk of diabetes. However, seniors who consume excessive amounts of alcohol are putting themselves at risk. When too much alcohol is consumed, the pancreas can become inflamed, leading to a condition known as pancreatitis. If the pancreas stops functioning properly, its ability to secrete insulin is compromised. Caregivers who suspect a senior is drinking too much can help find the appropriate treatment method, whether it’s a 12-step program, a prescription medication, or behavioural modification therapy.
4. Sedentary Living
Some seniors may not be able to keep up with high-intensity interval classes at the local gym, but this doesn’t mean they can’t exercise. Even seniors with limited mobility can do some form of activity, such as chair aerobics. When seniors don’t get an adequate amount of physical activity, it can lead to weight gain and increased blood sugar levels. Caregivers can promote healthy living by encouraging seniors to exercise. It doesn’t matter whether they take a walk around the block after dinner or start jogging at a nearby park. Exercising a few times a week can make a big difference.
5. Lack of Rest
Poor sleep habits can contribute to the development of diabetes because sleeping too little can negatively affect metabolism. To ensure seniors get a good night’s rest, caregivers can persuade them to maintain a consistent sleep schedule, develop soothing bedtime rituals, and go to bed early.
Seniors can stave off a number of diseases while ageing in the comfort of home with the help of professional caregivers. If your senior loved one needs hourly or live-in care, Newcastle Home Care Assistance can help. Our caregivers can assist with exercise and mobility, prepare nutritious meals, provide timely medication reminders, and help with a wide array of other important daily tasks. To hire a dedicated caregiver for your elderly loved one, call us at (02) 4089 3000 today.