The Endocrine Society has released new guidelines concerning screening older adults for increased risk of developing type 2 diabetes and heart disease. The new guidelines use the most recent research on blood pressure and fats in the blood. In the past, the guidelines focused more on identifying people at risk for metabolic syndrome instead of heart disease and diabetes.
What’s in the New Guidelines?
The guidelines are aimed at people who are between the age of 40 and 75. However, they also apply to people who are both older and younger. The Endocrine Society makes several recommendations for metabolic screening. First, they say that people should have the regular screenings doctors currently perform for heart disease. But, in addition, they should also have the following regular checks:
• Blood pressure checks at least once per year, but more often if blood pressure is high.
• Waist size measurement should be a regular part of physical exams.
• Regular checks for blood fats, blood sugar, and “good” cholesterol levels.
Ways to Prevent Diabetes
Metabolic screening is an excellent way to know whether your aging relative is at risk for type 2 diabetes. If they are, there are several lifestyle changes that can help to lower their risks. Some prevention steps recommended by experts include:
• Lose Weight: Losing as little as 5 percent of total body weight can prevent or slow down the development of diabetes.
• Increased Physical Activity: Being physically active on a regular basis can help your aging relative to lose weight, manage their blood sugar level, and make cells more sensitive to insulin. Seniors should aim for at least 30 minutes of physical activity on 5 days of the week. Walking, swimming, yoga, and Tai Chi are all good forms of exercise for older adults.
• Healthy Diet: Eating a healthy diet can improve blood sugar levels and assist with weight loss. Experts at the Mayo Clinic suggest increasing the amount of fiber and whole grains to help with blood sugar control. The diet should also include lots of fruits and vegetables and reduce fat, sugar, and salt.
Home care can assist older adults in reducing their risk for diabetes. A home care provider can help with planning balanced meals that the older adult will enjoy, but that also focus on healthy ingredients and encourage weight loss. Home care providers can also increase the amount of time your aging relative spends being physically active by getting them to move more around the home or driving them to an exercise class.
If you or an aging loved one are considering Home Care in Tallahassee, FL, please call the caring staff at Hopewell In-Home Senior Care today at 850-386-5552.Providing Senior Care Services in North Florida.
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