Having diabetes means that the body does not process blood sugar as efficiently as it should. This can happen because the pancreas doesn’t make enough insulin, the substance that helps the body use blood sugar, or because cells aren’t as sensitive to insulin as they should be. Either way, sugar can build up in the blood causing blood sugar levels to be elevated, which can lead to dangerous health problems.
One of the key steps in diabetes management is for older adults to watch what they eat. It can mean avoiding some foods and eating more of others. Research has shown that there are some foods that can help you’re aging relative to lower their blood sugar levels, such as those that appear below.
Most breads are loaded with carbohydrates, which can be problematic for diabetics. However, pumpernickel bread has a lower glycemic index (GI) than other kinds of bread. GI is a measurement of how a food impacts blood sugar level. Part of the reason that pumpernickel has a lower GI is that the ingredients used aren’t as highly processed as those used in other bread. Therefore, they contain more fiber, which helps to keep blood sugar more stable.
It’s really still up in the air as to whether cinnamon has a positive effect on blood sugar. Some studies show it does and others show it doesn’t. Still, since cinnamon is a great way to add flavor to foods, there’s no harm in adding a little extra to the older adult’s food. Try adding a sprinkle to oatmeal, a piece of toast, or a cup of vanilla yogurt.
Vegetables are a great way to add nutrients to a senior’s diet without adding a lot of calories or causing blood sugar spikes. Choose vegetables that are low in carbohydrates, like mushrooms, tomatoes, eggplant, and zucchini. You can serve them raw, steamed, or roasted. Just avoid adding sauces or unhealthy fats, like butter. Instead, use a little olive oil for roasting.
Unlike white potatoes, sweet potatoes have a low GI score. They also contain lots of vitamins, minerals, and fiber. Try using them as a substitute for white potatoes in your older family member’s favorite dishes.
Substituting infused water for other fruit-flavored drinks that are high in sugar can help to control blood sugar levels. To make infused water, cut up some of the older adult’s favorite fruit, like strawberries, oranges, or lemons, and put them in a pitcher. Then add water and let it sit for a bit before serving. The fruit will add a hint of flavor to the water, making it tastier and more fun to drink than plain water.
Elder care providers can help seniors with diabetes to eat healthier diets that control blood sugar levels better. An elder care provider can assist the older adult with meal planning, making sure that meals fit into the eating plan suggested by the doctor or dietician. Elder care providers can also cook for the older adult, so they don’t have to rely on unhealthy convenience foods if they are unable to cook for themselves.
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