November is National Diabetes month, created to show the impact of the disease on millions of people globally. Childhood obesity rates are now 10 times higher throughout the world than they were 40 years ago. This results in more cases of type 2 diabetes, also called adult onset diabetes. If you have type 2, your pancreas doesn’t produce enough insulin or your body can’t use this insulin properly. This creates a build up of glucose in your blood when this glucose should be used for energy.
For seniors in particular, there are ways to manage your diabetes:
- Eat healthy meals. Diet is one of the most important ways you can keep your diabetes under control. Stay away from sugars, saturated fats and foods which are high in cholesterol. Many seniors with the disease find it easier if they work with a meal plan. It helps to keep them from spontaneous eating which leads to over indulgence in junk food.
- Seniors know that as they age, physical activity becomes very important. By staying active, you will keep your blood pressure lower and maintain a healthy weight. This way insulin can work more effectively to lower your blood glucose levels.
- Stop smoking and cut out alcohol. Alcohol especially can be full of sugars which can further harm those with diabetes.
Don’t forget your medications. Medication combined with the above can help you manage your diabetes and live a normal life. It can help prevent complications which include heart, blood vessel and kidney disease. Diseases of the eyes and nerves are also common in those with diabetes.
Living with diabetes is a challenge. You have to be pro-active every day in managing it. Finding out as much as you can about the disease and how to live with it will help you. To read more on diabetes and to help promote National Diabetes Month, click here.