As was iterated yesterday, many Type 2 diabetics do not have to take insulin. There are other methods used to control their diabetes (or rid themselves of it altogether).
One such method is weight loss. This may be difficult with some elders as immobility can pose an issue. There are also factors such as pain and willpower that prevent the elders from exercising, thus whatever they eat metabolizes slowly and adds to the waistline. This goes completely against the American Diabetes Association suggestion to that states, ‘The key to losing weight and keeping it off is changing your behavior so that you eat less and exercise more.’
As their caregiver, it is very important for you to be present at their doctor appointment so that you hear what their doctor has in mind when it comes to what they should and should not eat and an exercise plan that would be right for their particular situation.
For the elderly clients that do not necessarily have to shed the pounds, it is still very helpful to their particular situation if they can do at least some exercise in order to help them control their blood glucose levels. Exercise actually helps cells within the body take glucose out of the blood.
As we continue to display that With Age Comes Respect, we will continue focusing on how you, as an elderly caregiver can help those with Type 2 diabetes follow a tight control method.