Do you worry about your elderly loved one’s health? Maybe you are concerned about their weight or what they are eating most of the time. You may even be worried that your elderly loved one will get Type 2 diabetes. These are normal concerns. The good news is that Type 2 diabetes can be prevented.
Here are some tips that can help you and elder care providers to keep your elderly loved one from getting Type 2 diabetes.
One of the first things that your elderly loved one will need to do to prevent Type 2 diabetes is to manage their weight. People who are overweight are much more likely to get Type 2 diabetes. Even being 10 pounds overweight can cause diabetes. However, if you and the elder care providers help your elderly loved one to lose weight and maintain a healthy weight, their risk of getting Type 2 diabetes goes down quite a bit.
Eating Vegetables and Grains
Another way that your elderly loved one can prevent diabetes is by eating more vegetables and grains. Research shows that people who eat these foods are much less likely to get Type 2 diabetes than those who don’t. There are many easy ways to add more vegetables and grains into your elderly loved one’s diet. You or an elder care provider can add vegetables to your loved one’s omelet. You can cut up vegetables and have your loved one eat them as a snack. You can use whole grain bread for their sandwiches instead of white bread.
Exercising is another great way for your elderly loved one to prevent Type 2 diabetes. With a minimum of 30 minutes of exercise a day, your elderly loved one can significantly lower their risk of Type 2 diabetes. This can be in the form of walking, jogging, yoga, tai chi, weightlifting, or other exercises. If necessary, you or an elder care provider might need to stay with your elderly loved one while they are exercising to ensure their safety.
These are some of the best ways for your elderly loved one to prevent Type 2 diabetes. If your elderly loved one follows all of these tips, their risk of getting this type of diabetes will be quite low. If they do follow these tips and you are still concerned that they will get Type 2 diabetes, you can schedule an appointment with their doctor to talk about your concerns.