Des Moines, IA (PRWEB) July 30, 2013 -- Managing diabetes never seems straightforward, and for the aging population, it can be even more challenging and complicated. Beyond checking blood sugar levels and blood pressure, seniors need to be more aware of other variables to keep diabetes in check.
1. Plan a diet that will help regulate blood sugar levels.
Seniors often have difficulty with food preparation. Limited mobility, arthritis, and failing eyesight often impede the ability to prepare regular and healthy meals, not to mention meals that are diabetic-friendly. Having a meal plan comprised of nutritious and easy-to-make meals can help seniors regulate blood sugar levels, and better manage diabetes.
Home delivered meals may be a good alternative. Mom’s Meals diabetic-friendly options allow for choice and peace of mind, and the carb count is clearly marked on each.
“We all know people who live with diabetes,” said Rick Anderson, president of Mom’s Meals. “When we designed our diabetic-friendly menu, we wanted to ensure not just great taste, but that they met the nutritional guidelines of the American Diabetes Association.”
2. Get the right treatment and test regularly.
The ABC’s of diabetes management include an A1C test at least twice a year, blood pressure testing and treatment, and cholesterol help. While the right diet is going to improve all of these areas, it is critical to not just maintain a nutritious diet, but to get the testing done. Schedule two A1C tests each year, check blood pressure regularly, and talk to your doctor about options for controlling blood pressure, and consider getting on statins to lower cholesterol if needed.
It is especially important to stay on top of testing as you make lifestyle changes to improve diabetes. For example, if losing weight, changing diet, or exercising more, testing can help show positive results, keeping the patient motivated to continue.
3. Ask for help.
Because diabetes can be complicated, don’t be timid about asking for help along the way. Many seniors struggle with proper-self care, in-home senior care services can help to facilitate the needed changes to manage diabetes, avoid complications, and enjoy health.
Mom’s Meals strives to be the leading expert and provider of senior and patient nutrition to help support health and recuperation and nourish independence at home for higher quality living. The company is dedicated to providing fresh-made, nutritious, home-delivered meals to customers nationwide and has specialized in senior and patient care for over 13 years. Mom’s Meals are available for customers on specific diets including heart-healthy meals that are both low sodium and low fat, diabetic-friendly meals with 60 carbs or less, renal meals, and vegetarian and gluten-free choices. Mom’s Meals prepares, packages, and delivers ready-to-heat and eat meals directly to a customer’s door anywhere in the United States.
Debbie Albert, Mom's Meals, http://www.momsmeals.com, 215-283-6006, [email protected]