Feb 9, 2018 by Dennis Patouhas
George attended his regular checkup. He was 78 and a little overweight, but he thought he was doing alright for a man his age. The doctor performed all the usual tests and examinations, including a blood test. A few days later, George got a call from the doctor’s office telling him that he was pre-diabetic, and that meant he stood a higher chance of getting type 2 diabetes.
Maybe George’s story sounds familiar to you. Perhaps you have a parent whose doctor has told them they are prediabetic. You might be concerned about them developing type 2 diabetes and wondering what you can do about it. Below are some tips for preventing diabetes after a diagnosis of pre-diabetes.
Help Your Parent Lose Weight
If your parent is carrying some excess pounds, helping them to lose the weight can help them reduce their chances of diabetes by 58 percent. Losing as little as five to ten percent of their body weight will help. To help your parent lose weight and keep it off, make small, healthy changes that are sustainable. An elderly care provider can assist with weight loss by encouraging your parent to stick to their weight loss goals and helping them to celebrate successes.
Encourage Your Parent to Get Moving
Your parent should aim for exercising between 30 and 60 minutes on most days. However, any physical activity can make a difference. An elderly care provider could go for walks with your parent or drive them to a group exercise class. Physical activity will help your parent to lose weight, and it will lower blood sugar levels.
Increase the Health of Their Diet
If your parent isn’t eating as well as they should be, changing their diet can make a big difference in their chances of developing diabetes. A healthy diet includes lots of vegetables, especially those that are low in starch. Your parent should eat at least three servings of vegetables daily. Also, increase the amount of fiber they eat. Because fruits naturally contain sugar, they should be eaten in moderation, just one to three servings per day. An elderly care provider can assist by helping your parent to grocery shop and preparing healthy meals.
Help Them Sleep Better
A lack of sleep inhibits the body’s ability to use insulin. Establishing good sleep habits can help them sleep better. Encourage your parent to stick to a regular daily schedule, where they get up and go to bed at the same time each day. They should also avoid watching television as they go to sleep. It may also help to stop drinking caffeine later in the day. An elderly care provider can assist by helping your parent stick to the schedule. They can make the atmosphere of the house quiet and restful at bedtime by turning off the television and suggesting quiet activities, like listening to music or reading a book.
If you or an aging loved-one are considering elderly care in Weston, CT, please contact the caring staff at Comfort Keepers of Greenwich, CT. Call today: (203) 266-1227.