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5 Tips for Managing Blood Sugar as You Age


Did you know that almost 30% of Americans over 65 have diabetes? Whether you’re currently living with diabetes or looking to prevent it, taking care of your blood sugar levels is a crucial part of giving your body the love and care it deserves each day. That’s why we’re here to help with five simple tips for managing your blood sugar and feeling your best.


Blood Sugar Management Tip 1: Eat This and Not That

apple and donut

A healthy diet will always be essential for managing blood sugar (and just about everything else!). But, some foods are more recommended than others. Here are some of the best foods for seniors with diabetes:

  • Chicken, turkey, fish, and lean cuts of beef
  • Tofu
  • Eggs
  • Low-fat cheese
  • Greek yogurt
  • Beans
  • Leafy greens like kale and spinach
  • Citrus fruits
  • Berries
  • Whole grains such as brown rice or quinoa
  • Nuts
  • Low-fat dairy

Here are some foods that seniors with diabetes should avoid:

  • Sugar and sweets
  • Refined carbohydrates
  • Bananas, melons, and pitted fruits
  • Red meat
  • Processed sugar

Blood Sugar Management Tip 2: Staying Active

running couple

Physical activity is an important part of managing blood sugar too. According to Harvard Health, regular exercise can lower blood glucose levels and improve insulin sensitivity, helping to prevent complications such as heart disease. Additionally, the American Diabetes Association says that physical activity can lower blood glucose up to 24 hours or more after the workout, making the body more sensitive to insulin. For best results, aim to get at least 30 minutes of moderate-intensity exercise, such as brisk walking, cycling, or swimming, most days of the week. If you have difficulty with mobility or other health concerns, it’s best to speak with your healthcare provider to develop an exercise plan that is safe and appropriate for you.

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Blood Sugar Management Tip 3: Monitor Your Levels

African American man checking glucose

If you’re managing diabetes, your monitoring routine might be a bit more involved than someone who is just watching it preventatively. You might be looking at checking your blood sugar several times a day. But don’t worry, it becomes a habit, just like brushing your teeth.

Here’s why it’s so important to monitor your levels:

  • Spotting Patterns: By regularly monitoring your blood sugar, you start noticing patterns – when it spikes, when it dips, and when it’s steady as a rock. This insight is gold because it can help you understand how your body reacts to different foods, activities, and medications.
  • Informed Decisions: Armed with this knowledge, you can make informed decisions. If you notice your blood sugar tends to rise after a particular meal, you can adjust your diet accordingly. If it’s too low, you can have a healthy snack to bring it back to the right range.
  • Medication Adjustments: For those with diabetes, monitoring is the key to adjusting your medication accurately. Sometimes, your doctor might need to fine-tune your treatment plan, and your regular blood sugar readings are like the notes in a symphony guiding them to the perfect tune.

Blood Sugar Management Tip 4: Taking Medication as Prescribed


Your medications are designed to help you maintain stable blood sugar levels and manage any other conditions that might come your way. Below is why you should follow your medication regimen closely:

  • Blood Sugar Control: If you have diabetes, your healthcare provider may prescribe medications specifically tailored to help keep your blood sugar in check. These medications work their magic, helping your body process sugar effectively. Staying on top of your prescribed doses can make all the difference in maintaining stable blood sugar levels.
  • Managing Other Health Conditions: Sometimes, you might be dealing with more than one health concern. Medications could be part of your strategy to manage them.
  • Consistency is Key: Medications often work best when taken consistently. Skipping doses or altering your schedule can disrupt that rhythm and affect the effectiveness of your treatment.
  • A Healthier You: Remember, the goal of medication is to help you lead a healthier, more comfortable life. It’s not just about managing the condition; it’s about living your life to the fullest.

So, keep those medication bottles handy, set reminders if needed, and never hesitate to reach out to your healthcare provider if you have questions or concerns. They’re your go-to resource for making sure you’re on the right path to good health.

Blood Sugar Management Tip 5: Stay Informed


Keep up-to-date on the latest research, healthcare recommendations, and lifestyle changes that can help you stay healthy and active. Attend regular healthcare appointments, ask questions, and speak with your healthcare provider or other healthcare professionals about any concerns or questions you may have.

Managing Blood Sugar as You Age

glucose checker

Managing blood sugar levels is an important aspect of maintaining good health and well-being as we age. By following these tips, you can help keep your blood sugar levels stable and reduce your risk of developing serious health complications. A healthy diet, regular exercise, blood glucose monitoring, medication adherence, and staying informed can all help you maintain good health and live a happy and active life. Speak with your healthcare provider or other healthcare professionals for further guidance and support!


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Originally published October 09, 2023

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