Mom’s Meals Tips: Why Controlling Weight is Key to Diabetes Management
Older Americans are being diagnosed with diabetes at a rapid rate. Tips ranging from maintaining a healthy weight and having fresh, diabetes-friendly meals delivered to your door, can help take the guesswork out of diabetes management.
Des Moines, IA (PRWEB) August 08, 2013
Diabetes is often a common ailment afflicting the elderly. Almost 20% of aging Americans now live with diabetes, and the risks associated with improperly managed diabetes range from the loss of vision to the loss of limbs and a decreased life expectancy.
Managing the disease, which includes being mindful of weight, can be the key to a healthier life.
"Controlling weight is not only essential to avoiding diabetes, but it is also a key factor in diabetes management," said Dr. Sam Beattie, Director of Nutritional Services for Mom’s Meals, a company which delivers diabetic-friendly meals to a customer’s door. "Diabetes management should include healthy eating and physical activity, and maintaining a healthy weight should be among the top priorities for anyone with diabetes."
The number of people with diabetes has doubled in the U.S. over the last 15 years, and the highest percentage of people getting diabetes is Americans ages 65-79.
"The diabetes-friendly meals at Mom’s Meals have 60 grams or less of carbohydrates per meal," said Beattie. "By creating meals with the proper nutritional structure, we can take the guesswork out of meal preparation for those who have other things on their mind."
Mom’s Meals offers tips for those struggling to maintain a healthy weight.
1. Eat regular meals and have a meal plan. Be sure to eat three meals a day, and if you need help shopping or preparing a meal, ask for help or arrange to have meals delivered.
2. Eat a variety of foods. Try to switch it up with a variety of fruit, vegetables, whole grains, lean meats, and beans. Saturated fats should be kept to a minimum, and should salt and sugar.
3. Exercise regularly. A healthy diet and regular exercise seem to go hand in hand. Vigorous exercise is not necessary. A walk, a short bike ride, or swimming should be added into your routine. Stay as active as you possibly can.
4. Socialize. Being with others helps us eat at the right times, keeps us from overeating, and is good for our overall health. Don’t be shy. If you’re feeling lonely, reach out to someone else who may be feeling the exact same way.
Mom’s Meals strives to be the leading expert and provider of senior and patient nutrition to help support health and recuperation and nourish independence at home for higher quality living. The company is dedicated to providing fresh-made, nutritious, home-delivered meals to customers nationwide and has specialized in senior and patient care for over 13 years. Mom’s Meals are available for customers on specific diets including heart-healthy meals that are both low sodium and low fat, diabetic-friendly meals with 60 carbs or less, renal meals, and vegetarian and gluten-free choices. Mom’s Meals prepares, packages, and delivers ready-to-heat and eat meals directly to a customer’s door anywhere in the United States.
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