Just over 25 percent of American adults over 65 live with diabetes. That’s about 12 million seniors. No matter how high the numbers, it’s crucial to keep your health in check.
Here are four ways to manage your diabetes:
1. Take a stroll
Exercise is great for everyone, but it can also help control your diabetes. Take a walk to lower blood glucose levels and improve your body’s ability to use insulin.
2. Snack on nuts
Research shows nuts can help lower blood sugar. Snack on some nuts for a delicious way to keep your health in check. To raise your blood sugar, opt for fruit, pretzels, or cookies.
Ask your doctor about the best snacks to eat when your blood sugar levels get off balance.
3. Know your ABCs
The diabetes ABCs are the A1C test, blood pressure, and cholesterol. The A1C test measures your average blood sugar level over the past three months. Talk to your doctor about all three ABCs during your visits.
4. Create a care plan
Talk with your doctor about a care plan that’s right for you. Set goals and find out what medicine you should take and why.
Diabetes is a whole-body disease. That’s why it’s so important to maintain a healthy lifestyle all around, both in what you eat and what you do. Make your health a priority – your body will thank you.
Consult your doctor before beginning any new diet or lifestyle change.