healthy eating 300 x 200Diet can go a long way in managing diabetes and its complications for seniors living with the chronic disease.

What is Diabetes?

The body is designed to break down food into sugar (glucose), which makes its way into the bloodstream. The pancreas produces insulin, a hormone, to help the body convert it into energy. Diabetes causes the body to either not produce enough insulin or not use it as effectively as necessary.

The excess of glucose can lead to problems such as kidney disease, heart disease or vision loss, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC).

It’s not always easy for seniors with diabetic restrictions to make the healthiest food choices. Remembering to control portion size, eating at regular times, and selecting the right kind of foods is the cornerstone of healthy eating with diabetes.

What to Eat

Some foods that belong on every diabetic’s shopping list include:

  1. Lean protein: Skinless fish and poultry, low-fat dairy products, and lean cuts of pork and beef
  2. Vegetables: Reach for dark green plants such as broccoli and spinach, as well as orange vegetables such as carrots and sweet potatoes
  3. Good fats: Eat moderate amounts of nuts, olives, and avocados
  4. Healthy carbohydrates and fiber: Whole-grain cereals, rice and breads; legumes, including lentils, beans and peas; low-fat dairy products; and fruits and vegetables

What to Avoid

Diabetic seniors should limit their consumption of the following:

  1. Fat: In particular, stay away from foods with saturated or trans fat.
  2. Salt: Look out for packaged, processed foods – they often contain significant amounts of salt. Limit salt intake to 2,000 mg or less per day.
  3. Cholesterol: Limit intake to 200 mg per day or less. 
  4. Alcohol

Embassy Healthcare communities are experienced in providing diabetes care, with nurses and staff working with residents to monitor blood sugar levels and maintain a healthy diet. For more information on our services and communities, call us at 888-975-1379 or contact us online.