Diabetes is commonly a life-long condition and requires proper treatment. By sticking to your exercise routine, meal plans and medication, you will be able to live a long and healthy life. For older adults with diabetes, they have to know how to manage their blood sugar levels to stay healthy and active. Read on to learn more about how to manage your blood sugar levels!
Everyone should eat a healthy diet, including older adults who want to manage their blood sugar levels. It will help you to see a registered dietitian nutritionist who can help you come up with a personalized healthy meal plan. Medicare will cover the visits so you don’t have to pay for the visit.
Aerobic exercises such as swimming, cycling and walking can help you manage your glucose level, weight, and keep fit. It is recommended that you exercise for about 30 minutes every day, for 5 days a week. You can do 10-minutes of activity 3 times a day. On top of that, do strength training such as resistance bands, free weights, or yoga, twice a week. The strength training helps control blood sugar levels and builds muscle too. Talk to your doctor to see what exercises are suitable for you.
Check Blood Glucose Levels Regularly
Your doctor will let you know how and when to check your blood glucose level. Older people with diabetes are at risk of hypoglycemia when taking diabetes medications. So it is important to check your glucose levels. Some symptoms of hypoglycemia include dizziness, hunger, confusion, and sweating. If your loved one shows signs of hypoglycemia, take 10-20 grams of sugar or carbohydrates and retest the blood glucose level after 15 minutes. Repeat these steps if the levels are still low. Look for medical help if the blood glucose levels don’t improve.
Never Miss Your Medication
It is easy to forget if you have taken your medication for diabetes. Thankfully, there are a variety of ways to organize your medicines and alarms that you can set on your phone, watch, or computer to remind you to take your medication. You can also use a chart to track when you take your medicine daily.
Examine Your Feet Daily
Make sure to take a look at your feet every day for signs of infection or cuts. If you do see an area that looks infected, call your doctor immediately. Use lotion to avoid dryness, keep your feet clean and wear comfortable shoes that don’t cause blisters.
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