The risk of contracting illness increases proportionately with age and diabetes is high up on the list of diseases you are most likely to contract. As a senior diabetes patient, this article will provide you with information that can help you take care of your diabetes so you can avoid complications and live a happy and active life.
Choosing what, when, and how much to eat
Depending on whether you are overweight or not, you might have to make some changes in what and how much you eat. However, thanks to modern-day information availability, you have flexibility in deciding what’s on the menu and with a little planning you can even include your favourite foods.
To keep things simple, use a 9-inch plate and imagine it divided into four equal parts. Any food you pile onto the plate should be no thicker than a deck of cards.
In one section put greens such as salads, green beans, broccoli, cauliflower, cabbage, carrots, and tomatoes. In another section put preparations made from whole grains. In the third section of the plate put meat, fish, chicken, eggs, or tofu. In the last section put an 8 oz glass of milk and one small piece of fruit or ½ cup of fruit salad.
You may notice that your sense of taste has changed over time (diabetes medicines can often make food taste different), try cooking with more herbs and spices but avoid salt.
Weight loss and senior diabetes
For the overweight, losing weight is part and parcel of diabetes management. You don’t have to lose a lot of weight to start seeing results. A drop of just 10 to 15 pounds can make a whale of a difference.