Essential Foods for Seniors with Diabetes
One in 10 Americans have diabetes and another 84 million adults in the United States are at high risk of developing the disease, according to Health.gov. One of the best ways for people with diabetes to lower their risk, is to eat right and live a healthier life.
November is American Diabetes Month and to recognize the month, we’ve compiled a list of must-have foods, shopping tips and resources for seniors with diabetes.
Foods for Seniors with Diabetes
Making healthy food choices can be challenging — particularly for seniors with diabetic restrictions — but it’s a critical part of managing diabetes without health complications. Simply by controlling portion size, eating right and sticking to regular mealtimes, it’s possible to help keep blood sugar and body weight within the target range. That’s the core of a diabetes diet.
A diabetes diet, according to A Place for Mom Senior Nutrition experts, is also naturally rich in nutrients and low in calories and fat, with an emphasis on fruits, vegetables and whole grains.
But what does that mean for your shopping list?
Foods That Diabetics Should Avoid
If you or a loved one has diabetes, there are a handful of foods whose intake must be limited. It doesn’t mean you have to go through your kitchen and pitch every grain of sugar you see, but it does mean paying attention to how much of these items you consume.
Seniors with diabetes should avoid or limit:
Cholesterol: The Mayo Clinic suggests no more than 200 mg per day
Fat: In particular, avoid foods containing saturated fat or trans fat
Salt: Canned, pac Continue reading