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Ways to Assist Seniors with Diabetes

By Debbie Humphrey

I am amazed at the statistics that show the number of people who suffer from Diabetes in our nation and especially in Florida. In the United States, one in four people over the age of 60 have Diabetes. In Florida, 86.2% of seniors aged 65-75, have the disease. Florida ranks among the highest when it comes to obesity and diabetes among its elderly population.

Young and old, male and female, no one is immune to this dreadful disease that has the potential to wreak havoc in the lives of so many. Thanks to the processed foods and fast foods we consume out of convenience; carbonated beverages – be they diet sodas or fully-loaded with high fructose corn syrup and sugar ; juices containing added sugars and syrups; and a myriad of other things, we put ourselves at risk of developing the disease with every Big Gulp we take. Obesity is the primary reason children and adults develop Diabetes, and as the statistics continue to rise, Diabetes is slated to become one of the most prevalent diseases of all time over the next two decades.

Home Helpers ClearwaterSo, the question is: What can I do to help seniors with diabetes to prevent the manifestation of complications that go along with this terrible disease? These complications can include damage to eyes, issues with the blood vessels, heart, kidneys, nervous system, feet, skin, teeth and gums. Studies I’ve read show that successfully managing certain aspects of one’s life can positively affect the development and progression of diabetes and accompanying complications.

Of course, healthier food choices are a must when managing this disease, as well as your weight. Choose raw fruits and vegetables, and avoid processed convenience foods, fast foods, and soft drinks. Create balance between a healthier diet, appropriate exercise, and prescribed medications, which may include insulin, to successfully avert complications.

My compassionate team of caregivers at Home Helpers are available to assist seniors with Diabetes with tasks such as grocery shopping, planning and preparing meals, transporting to doctors appointments, picking up prescriptions from the pharmacy, and reminding when it is time to check blood sugar or take medications.

It is vital we stay cognizant of family, friends and neighbors who suffer from Diabetes, and make an effort to help them carefully manage these various aspects to thwart further health issues and complications. We proudly serve seniors with Diabetes in Clearwater, Dunedin, Palm Harbor, Tarpon Springs, New Port Richey, Trinity, Port Richey, and Hudson, Florida. Call today: 727.972.2539.

Sources: America’s Health Rankings; Orlando Sentinel