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Pre-Diabetes Diagnosis and What Home Care Services Can Do to Help

By Greg and Hilary Eldridge

Home Care Services Cumming GA

Being diagnosed with pre-diabetes suggests that the blood glucose levels are higher than normal, but not quite high enough to be called diabetes. We all need glucose, a form of sugar that the body converts to energy, but too much of it can have a damaging effect over time. Home care services can be helpful to an elderly senior diagnosed with pre-diabetes.

According to the Department of Health and Human Services, 40 percent of adults ages 40 to 74 (about 41 million people), have pre-diabetes. If your elderly parent or loved one has been diagnosed with pre-diabetes, they are at a higher risk of developing type 2 diabetes, heart disease, and a stroke.

Most of the time, people with pre-diabetes don’t show any symptoms. Make a request to the doctor that they test the blood glucose levels of your elderly loved one, especially if the senior is overweight. Having a body mass index (BMI) over 25 is an indicator that you weigh more than you should. Ask your doctor to help you calculate the BMI.

Aside from being overweight, there are other reasons for to have their loved one tested for pre-diabetes:

  • Physically active less than three times a week
  • High blood pressure
  • A relative with diabetes
  • Abnormal levels of HDL cholesterol or triglycerides, which are types of blood fat
  • Have polycystic ovary syndrome
  • Dark, thick velvety skin around the neck or under the armpits
  • Blood vessel problems affecting the heart, brain, or legs

Most cases of pre-diabetes are caused because of being overweight. Therefore, the best way to get pre-diabetes under control is to lose weight. You can reverse pre-diabetes and prevent or delay diabetes by losing at least 5 to 10 percent of your starting weight. If your loved one has been diagnosed with pre-diabetes, they should be tested every two years for type 2 diabetes.

Home health care services should also encourage an elderly individual to exercise at least 30 minutes each day. Engaging in physically activity helps make the body’s insulin work more effectively.

Making sure that an elderly loved one eats nutritious meals instead of grabbing a quick snack or something sweet for lunch or dinner, is the best way to help them maintain a healthy weight or lose weight if they need to. Getting the proper amount of exercise and practicing healthy living habits are also good ways for home care services to help a loved one diagnosed with pre-diabetes.

If you or an aging loved one are looking for senior care in the home, contact the caring staff at Home Helpers of Alpharetta. Call today (678) 430-8511