July 11th, 2018 The Loved Ones Desk Uncategorized
Tens of millions of people suffer from diabetes in the United States, and seniors are not exempt from the disease. If you or someone you know suffers from diabetes, you know that it’s essential to make positive changes to your diet.
To keep them as healthy as possible, here are some foods seniors with diabetes should be eating.
Foods to Eat
Contrary to popular belief, not all fats are bad for you. Good fats, such as avocados and olives, can actually offer seniors a number of health benefits when eaten in moderation. (Just try not to load up on too much guacamole.)
Proteins are necessary to maintain a healthy diet, so make sure your seniors are eating the right kinds. Lean proteins include skinless fish, poultry, low-fat or nonfat dairy, and lean cuts of beef or pork. Sorry to say it, but fatty meats, like ribs and brisket, don’t make the cut here — pun intended.
Everyone needs to eat fruits and veggies, but seniors with diabetes should be eating a lot more of them. While all produce is typically good for you in one way or another, they should definitely eat more dark greens like broccoli, spinach, and kale as well as heartier veggies like sweet potatoes.
High fiber diets make for a well-regulated system, especially for elderly diabetes patients. Legumes, nuts, whole grains, and produce can all give you your recommended amount of daily fiber. Plus, they’re all pretty tasty if you ask us.
Foods to Avoid
One of the most important foods to avoid for seniors with diabetes are foods high in sugar. Soda, sweet snacks, and candy, all very high in sugar, can all have dangerous effects on their glucose levels.
We’re not saying you can’t add salt to your senior’s meals, but you should avoid giving them packaged or canned food that usually hides a lot of sodium.
Grandma may like her daily afternoon cocktail, but a high alcohol intake isn’t healthy for seniors with diabetes. Try to limit the number of boozy beverages your elderly loved one has each week.
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