You can’t always be there. But we can.
If your parent has been diagnosed with diabetes or prediabetes, they are not alone. The statistics are truly staggering. In 2012, according to the American Diabetes Association, 86 million Americans age 20 and older had prediabetes and diabetes was found in 25.9 percent of seniors age 65 and older. The good news is that in many cases diabetes can be controlled through diet and exercise.
You’ve probably heard about the options to control diet from the low glycemic index plan to carbohydrate counting plan and to the plate plan. All of these offer good dietary plans for those with diabetes. You’ve also heard about the foods your parent should avoid such as white flour, white rice and prepackaged goods. In addition, there are several superfoods that are of great benefit when added to their diet.
Home Health Care Provider
If you feel your parent needs help incorporating a healthy diet and exercise plan into their schedule, consider obtaining the services of a home health care provider. These caring professionals can assist with the daily activities of living as well as prepare diabetic-friendly meals and accompany your parent on daily walks.