Diabetes is a group of diseases that result in too much sugar in the blood (high blood glucose). It is increasingly becoming more common with each passing day. This certainly could have an adverse effect on the life expectancy. It has been estimated that diabetes can shorten the lifespan by 10 or more years. On an average, less than 50% of diabetics in India follow their medications in an appropriate manner. So, it is essential that you follow your doctor’s recommendations and not give up on periodic health check-ups, following a balanced diet and staying active.
Here we bring you a few tips to keep in mind for a healthy diabetes-free life for the elderly:
1. Eat a Balanced Diet
A Balanced diet or good nutrition plays a significant role in dealing with diabetes amongst the older people. Always remember that you need to stick to the diet that is good for you. Include green veggies, fruits, and dairy products rich in B12, Omega acids and calcium into your diet. Get in touch with your doctor and your dear ones to know more about the diabetic diet.
2. Involve yourself in Exercise
Exercise for diabetic patients is not only required to improve their life expectancy and their
health but to keep their diabetes in check. You can prefer going for a walk, get involved in some yoga class, or can opt to jog or join a walking tour or trek group. This is because regular exercise is associated with balanced blood sugar.
3. Keep Other Diseases at Bay
The diabetics are at a greater risk of falling prey to other chronic illness and this is no different for the elderly. So, it is better to get the yearly health checkups conducted for all the other illnesses. You can also consult your doctor to know more about the same. Prostrate, thyroid and blood pressure are some areas which are impacted due to unchecked diabetes.
4. Take Adequate Sleep
Adequate sleep plays an important role. You not only feel energetic and lively throughout the day but you look forward to staying active and alert. Proper sleep, also for the adults helps to keep stress away and one can lead a happy and healthy life.
5. Follow your Medicines
Medications play a great role for diabetics as these are the means by which doctors help you recover. This particularly holds true for the elderly who have diabetes. You must take the prescribed medication or bring the lifestyle changes keeping your life expectancy and diabetes management in mind.
6. Laugh and Laugh
Laughing is considered to have a great curing power. It has been found that staying happy does lower your stress levels leaving you healthier than before.
So, it becomes essential to adopt better lifestyle changes and appropriate meal plans for effective diabetes management. You must also encourage elderly diabetic people around you to stay active and to live their life longer and better.
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