While diabetes can wreak havoc on your body at any age, it becomes even more important to take care of yourself and monitor your blood sugars as you get older. After the age of 55, diabetes can lead to increased risk of complications of the heart, kidneys and respiratory system. These guidelines outline some of the most common ways to live with diabetes during your golden years.
Watch for Warning Signs of Hearing Loss: Diabetes can lead to hearing loss, so it is very important to watch for early signs and symptoms. If your hearing starts to seem worse than usual, don’t chalk it up to old age. Instead, have it checked out. Also, if you experience a muffling or ringing sound in your ears, it is best to have your ears checked out.
Plan Nutritious Meals: One of the most common things that happens to diabetics who reach retirement age is that they stop caring about what they eat. It is understandable to grow tired of following the rules for such a long time, but proper nutrition is the key to enjoying life to its fullest. Neglecting a healthy diet will only cause more issues and ailments. Look for blood glucose meters that come with senior-friendly features and that are easy to use.
Consider a Chiropractor: Studies have shown that diabetics who get regular adjustments alongside with eating properly and exercising, are able to stabilize their disease. Chiropractors are very gentle, and there are even more benefits for senior citizens who get adjustments, such as increased mobility and decreased inflammation.
Start Walking: Walking is the best exercise for diabetics because it helps control the disease and limit the negative consequences that diabetes can have on an individual. Walking is also a great activity for healthy and steady weight loss if you are carrying around extra weight. Diabetics over 55 can do other exercises they enjoy too, but should avoid vigorous exercise. Working out vigorously can actually cause your blood sugar to rise.
Attend All Check-ups and Screenings: Even if you are diligent with tracking your diabetes, it is very wise to have regular check-ups and screenings with your primary physician. Regular visits can bring to light minor symptoms and prevent problems in the future.
Diabetes is a hard disease to control, especially when you are over 55. Diabetes doesn’t have to interfere with your life if you follow a healthy lifestyle. Remember to always consult with your doctor before changing your diet or exercise plan or before taking outside medical advice.
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