March is National Nutrition Month, and there’s no better time to ensure you and your loved ones are eating healthy with a balanced, nutritious diet, particularly if someone has diabetes. Type 2 diabetes often develops in middle-aged or older adults, and eating a healthy diet along with exercise can work to prevent diabetes. At Comfort Health in Rochester, MN, we understand how diabetes can slow an individual down. We have Registered Nurses available to assist with education, diabetic diets and a care plan to keep diabetes under control and leave you or your loved one feeling well.
There’s no doubt that eating fresh fruits and vegetables, limiting sweet treats, and exercising regularly all benefit your body when you’ve been diagnosed with diabetes. However, elderly individuals are often not aware or familiar with what type of diet is best suited for them, particularly if they have other health issues. That’s why it’s important to work closely with medical staff and communicate with physicians and other health care providers.
- Meeting regularly with a nurse or case manager. When diabetes strikes, it can be difficult to handle and keep under control. By meeting regularly with a nurse trained to provide in home diabetic education, you will find a program that’s right for you or your loved one.
- Exercise. Exercise is important for all aspects of life, making you feel better, sleep better, and even think more clearly. What exercise can really help with is the control of diabetes. An RN case manager can help to set up an exercise program that’s not too rigorous but enough to help keep diabetes under control.
- Meal plan. You’ve probably read or heard it said to eat several small meals per day instead of three large meals. Eating healthy foods several times per day in moderate amounts has been proven to be more effective in treating diabetes complications and keeping your blood sugar levels under control. Consider a homemaker to assist with regular meal preparation.
- Know what foods to avoid. Heart disease and stroke are at increased risk if you suffer from diabetes. Staying away from or limiting foods high in saturated fats, trans fats, cholesterol, and sodium can decrease your risk of heart disease and stroke.
- Know recommended foods. Healthy carbohydrates such as fruits, vegetables, whole grains, and low-fat dairy products are top on the list of recommended foods when following a diabetic diet. Foods rich in fiber as well as the “good” fats (foods with monounsaturated and polyunsaturated fats) are recommended as well.
If you or your loved one suffers from diabetes, March is the perfect time to get the help needed with diabetes management through a diabetic diet and exercise program. At Comfort Health in Rochester, MN, we know the importance of controlling and managing diabetes. That’s why our trained staff of homemakers, nurse case managers, social workers, home health aides, and field nurses stand ready to create a plan that will be most beneficial to the client.
March is National Nutrition Month, so take the time needed to invest in the expert help of the staff at Comfort Health in treating and controlling diabetes through diet, exercise, and a diabetic education. Contact us today by calling (507) 281-2332 or visiting us here. When you need education on diabetes management and control, take advantage of the diabetes management services at Comfort Health in Rochester, MN.