As we age, our risk of certain illnesses naturally increases, including that of type 2 diabetes. Here, El Dorado County home care professionals highlight a few things you can do to help your aging loved one reduce the risk of type 2 diabetes.
1. Maintain a Healthy Body Weight
Obesity is one of the main factors leading to type 2 diabetes. To significantly reduce their risk, seniors should strive to maintain a body weight considered normal for their size. Losing weight can help too. In fact, losing just 10 pounds, even spread out over time, can reduce the risk of diabetes by up to 50 percent.
2. Get Exercise
Hand in hand with maintaining a healthy body weight is exercising regularly. Muscles are involved in the glucose absorption process, making it essential to keep muscles functioning at an optimum level. Doing so will improve a senior’s sensitivity to insulin and help ensure stable glucose levels.
3. Cut Sugary Foods
Speaking of glucose, seniors should take steps to reduce their intake of sugary foods. Simple carbohydrates (which usually have a lot of additives and sugar), force the body to produce large amounts of insulin. Complex carbs like fruit and vegetable sugars, on the other hand, are absorbed more slowly and prevents spikes in blood sugar.
4. Eat Omega-3s
Most people focus on cutting back sugar, but increasing the amount of omega-3s ingested can also help reduce the risk of diabetes. The anti-inflammatory compounds in the fatty acid reduce insulin resistance and can also improve organ response to insulin.
5. Use Spices to Flavor Food
Certain spices aid in the fight to prevent diabetes. Cinnamon, allspice, pepper, turmeric, and thyme all help block glycemic reactions. Furthermore, some of the anti-inflammatory properties in various spices such as these can help reduce damage caused by excess sugar in the system.
While we are known for our dementia and Alzheimer’s care El Dorado County families trust, we also offer live-in and part-time care for seniors who need help with their activities of daily living. Learn more about how we can help your aging parent maintain a high quality of living by calling (916) 358-3801 and speaking with a friendly Care Manager today.