High blood sugar is relatively common among many people, and oftentimes we tend to ignore the developing symptoms. People, especially seniors have a hard time sticking to a non-carbohydrate diet which is beneficial for diabetics. Living with diabetes may seem daunting and sticking to a particular medication routine can be exhausting. However, researchers have advanced a lot since the ‘90s; novel medicines and other lifestyle interventions have emerged as successful treatment options for diabetes.

So how does one go about helping a senior manage his/her high blood sugar?

1. Healthy diet plan

Fluctuating blood sugars require a strict dietary plan to regulate it down to normal levels. Seniors are mostly recommended a non-carb diet with high fiber intake. Provide them three whole portions of regular meals at a fixed time, this helps the insulin be utilized more efficiently. Food items generally recommended are; healthy carbs like legumes, whole grains, and low-fat dairy products. Additionally, products rich in omega-3 (salmon), fruits, and vegetables constitute the main portion of their meal. You can assign a nutritionist for your elder who will outline a proper diet plan for each day. They can teach you about the right meal portions or how to determine the exact number of calories.

2. Physical exercise

Exercise is an important part of the routine. It helps them burn out the extra calories they may have consumed as well as maintain their overall muscular tone. Exercise improves blood flow and metabolism while a sedentary lifestyle creates more complications; it is an unhealthy choice. CDC (Centers for Disease Control and Prevention) recommends 3 to 4 hours of weekly exercise including brisk walking or a light jog.

3. Weight loss

If the senior is obese especially at the abdominal region then encourage them to lose weight through healthy habits. Avoid consuming weight reducing pills since this is impractical as a long-term option. Choose weight reducing exercises and improve your diet routine by limiting the number of carbohydrate intake. Alcohol abstinence must be encouraged.

4. Checkups

Form a routine by checking their random and fasting blood sugar levels every day. You can easily buy the device at a pharmacy store. Also accompany them for their Hb A1C test which should be done every 3 months in order to determine whether the current treatment plan is adequate.

5. Vaccinations

Frequent pathogenic infections are a major risk factor among seniors, therefore, become acquainted with their vacation records. Seniors aged 65 years and above are required to get 2 doses of pneumonia vaccination and annual flu shots. Infections tend to increase blood sugar levels as part of the body’s normal physiological response. Since diabetics have a poor immune system, the infection will persist longer, and sugar levels will remain high.

Lastly, it should be noted that if your senior is taking insulin medications then its concentration and frequency must be closely monitored since, in certain circumstances, it can cause low blood sugar.

Team Complete Care Management, Inc.