It’s no secret that diabetes has a huge impact on many of us in the United States, with almost 10% of the population diagnosed and another 25% suspected but undiagnosed cases. And managing diabetes is comprised of a lifelong and often complex process. But there’s a new twist now being unraveled in the lives of those with diabetes that’s resulting in additional concern: a link between diabetes and Alzheimer’s disease.
Because one of the multiple potential effects of diabetes is blood vessel damage, it follows that this damage may result in reduced or blocked flow of blood to the brain – and as a result, dementia. Researchers have also found similar changes in the brain in both diabetics and those with Alzheimer’s disease, causing them to hypothesize that the two diseases could be impacting the damage caused by the other.
As a result of this correlation, along with all of the other complications that diabetes can cause, such as kidney and eye damage, stroke, heart disease, and more, it’s crucial for diabetics to closely and consistently manage their disease. The following tips are suggested to improve health and make sure diabetes is under control:
- Carefully monitor blood glucose, cholesterol, and blood pressure levels per doctor’s directions.
- Stick to a healthy diet and weight.
- Engage in at least 30 minutes of exercise every day.
- Take all medications precisely as prescribed.
- Keep an eye on feet to check for sores or other problems daily.
Adhering to these and any other recommendations outlined by the physician can have a dramatic improvement on health for those with diabetes – and those hoping to avoid the disease. In fact, recent research showed a full 50% reduction in the likelihood of developing type 2 diabetes in those who regularly exercised and maintained a healthy weight.
If keeping up a healthy lifestyle is difficult for either yourself or an older adult in your life, partnering with a close friend or family member for motivation and support can make it much easier. Live Free Home Health Care of New Hampshire can also provide the encouragement to stick to healthy choices by preparing nutritious meals that are in adherence with a prescribed dietary plan, providing transportation to fitness programs and classes, serving as a friendly companion to keep spirits lifted, and much more.
Call us at 603-217-0149, and learn more about how our in-home care experts can help enhance quality of life for seniors with chronic diseases like diabetes and Alzheimer’s disease, or any other condition of aging, with our full range of individualized senior care services.