It sounds like an alarming statistic, but one out of every ten Floridians, 1.5 million total, suffers from diabetes. The state ranks tenth in the U.S. when it comes to the number of people with the disease. Pinellas County alone has more than 115,000 residents struggling to manage diabetes.
With the prevalence of the disease on the rise, diabetes management is crucial, especially among seniors. And while it may not be easy, it is definitely doable. Here are some tips that can help:
- Obtain and follow a diabetes meal plan from your health practitioner. This should involve eating foods with little salt or fat, eating a hearty amount of fiber and keeping meat and poultry portions at less than 3 ounces.
- Get routine care a minimum of two times a year to address any problems.
- Monitor your blood glucose level by testing it at least once a day.
- Exercise for 45-60 minutes a minimum of five days a week. Everything from a walk to an exercise class will benefit you.
- Find ways to manage your stress and utilize mental health resources. Stress often contributes to a higher blood glucose level so finding ways to de-stress, like engaging in exercise or pet therapy, is particularly important for individuals with diabetes.
It’s important for anyone with diabetes to consult regularly with health professionals and pay close attention to both your diet and exercise regimens. It’s not about changing everything you eat or do, it’s about making simple lifestyle changes that will help you stay healthy and keep your blood sugar levels where they need to be.