Living Comfortably With Type II Diabetes

Diet Dilemma

 Living with Type 2 diabetes presents a special kind of challenge.  Typically, people diagnosed with Type 2 diabetes are overweight to begin with, and must modify their diet for weight-loss, in addition to managing their diabetes.  But does a diagnosis of diabetes mean you have to say good-bye to all your favorite foods? Which foods should you eat that will help you lose weight and maintain healthy levels of blood sugars? Can you manage your diabetes by diet alone?

Sweet Harmony

 Fortunately, the foods that you eat to lose weight are typically the foods that you can eat to manage your Type 2 diabetes.  And when used in moderation, you can still enjoy some of your favorite foods and desserts.  Taking control of your diet is a bit part of the battle to live with diabetes.  Start with these five foods to kick your new eating plan into gear.

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 A Grain of Truth

 Everyone has heard it – whole grains are better for you.  If you’re living with type 2 diabetes, this is especially true for you! Adding whole grain foods – oatmeal, brown rice, whole grain pasta – can be an easy switch in your diet.  Enjoy a bowl of oatmeal for breakfast, topped with dried fruits, for a healthy way to start the day, or for an evening snack!  Substitute whole grain pasta for your next Italian dinner, and the difference will be minimal – except to your health.

 All the Colors of the Rainbow

 Remember Roy G. Biv? This acronym that stands for the colors of the rainbow can lead you to a healthier eating plan.  Fill your plate with fruits and vegetables from each of the colors! Red peppers, oranges, squash, broccoli, blueberries, eggplant and plums are just a few of the healthy options you can choose from.  

 Jack’s friends

 Jack in the Beanstalk may have been on to something – there is a treasure found in beans! These healthy little nuggets pack a wallop of benefits towards managing Type 2 diabetes.  Available in a variety of offerings: black beans, garbanzo, white, lima, just to name a few. 

 Skinny Cows

 Type 2 diabetes does not mean an end to the array of choices in the dairy department of your grocery store.  Simply replace your favorite product with its non-fat alternative, and enjoy! Nonfat varieties are offered in milk, yogurt and cheese.  Long live the skinny cows!

 Go LEAN!

 Make better choices in your protein portion.  Replace your meats with their healthier “leaner” cuts.  Trim away excess fats, and remove the skin from poultry to help maximize the benefits.  Smaller portions – protein should only be a fourth of your plate – will assist you in controlling your dietary needs. 

 Living with Type 2 diabetes is tough – but manageable with these simple changes in your diet. 

 

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* Container gardeningSenior woman gardening

* Raised bed gardening

* Indoor gardening

* Community gardening

Container gardening is a horticultural method that entails raising food, herbs, and flowers in open containers (bowls, pots, bottles, canisters, tubs, etc.).  Container gardening is ideal for winter climates because the containers can be brought inside to avoid frost or extreme heat.  Also, this method is model for those that live in apartment housing, group living, and those that have limited mobility.  This method also gives the gardener complete control over the nourishment of the plants (the amount of water and sunlight).

Raised bed gardening is slightly similar to container gardening, but in a more open environment and a broader scope.  This method allows the gardener to have complete control over the amount of soil and attention given to the plants (weeding, pesticide use).  Raised beds are generally detached assemblies made from diverse products, such as clay, wood, or even concrete slabs.  This method of horticulture gives the gardener an open venue of creativity, which influences pride in their work.  Also, raised bed gardening promotes the activity of movement and motion, while allowing the elderly to garden at their own pace.

Indoor gardening is the beautiful nature brought inside the home.  This method is best for those that are blessed with a green thumb, but prefer or physically require the creation to be at a fingertips reach.  Plants commonly grown indoors are herbs (Garlic, Basil, Chives, Catnip, Peppermint) Begonia, Spider Plant, Poinsetta, Aloe, and shrubbery.  Indoor gardening does not require much experience and allows the gardener to enjoy nature’s environment year round.

Community gardening is usually a group effort, which is a wonderful way of helping the elderly to interact with others socially, while restoring/maintain gratification of a job well done.  This method of horticulture enhances neighborhoods and municipal living.  Both plants and produce can be grown in a community garden setting.

Safety First

1. Garden early in the morning or late afternoon.  Try to avoid being outside between 10AM and 2PM.  This is normally the muggiest, most heated time of day.  Too much sun can cause severe sunburn, dehydration, and heat exhaustion.

2. Take breaks.  Encourage your patient to take time to enjoy their work beneath supple shade that will offer relief from the heat and direct sunlight.

3. Hydrate.  Water, water, water!  Have plenty of water on hand.  In direct sunlight, the average person loses 500ML of water through perspiring, each day.  The elderly tend to dehydrate 23% faster than the average adult.  Also, as we age, our bodies lose touch with our senses, and often, the elderly do not recognize the signs of dehydration.

4. Proper clothing.  In hot weather, make sure those you give care to are dressed in lightweight clothing as well as light in coloring.  Darker colors attract the sun.  Apply sunscreen for extra protection, as well as sunglasses to protect the eyes.  Encouraging the use of a cap or hat is a good precaution because this shields the face from direct sunlight.  Also, gardening gloves are important.  They protect the fragile skin of the elderly from friction blisters and nicks and cuts with tools.

5. Have a chair or bench on-hand.  This will help the patient to sit when needed and allows easier gardening without having to stoop and bend as often.

6. Provide tools with good grips on the handles.  Gardening is meant to be a hobby of relaxation.  Frequent dropping of tools can result in frustration and/or self-scolding.  Easy- grip tools have non-slick handles and are lightweight.

As a caregiver, encourage your patient to experiment with garden time that will stimulate quieted senses and encourage noble feelings of pride upon completing a peaceful, creative, and pleasurable task.  Always remember, safety first!