Diet Tips for Seniors with Diabetes

Diet Tips for Seniors with Diabetes

1. Food should be consumed in small portions.

2. The menu should be based on the bread units and the glycemic index of the products.

3. It is necessary to exclude foods rich in cholesterol. These are by-products such as kidneys, and udders along with pork and lamb meat.

4. Braised chicken, as well as eggs, need to be included in the diet one time in 7 days.

5. Soups on fish, meat or mushroom broth should be consumed no more than 2 times a week. The rest of the time – vegetable and milk soups can be a good option.

6. Products such as dried fruits, bananas, raisins, sweet berries, and fruits can be given only after the consultation with a doctor.

7. Natural spices can also be added that can “mask” a decrease in salt intake.

8. It is preferable to use warm, not cold drinks since they are better absorbed in our body.

9. Try to feed an elderly relative every day with at least 600 grams of vegetables. It is advisable to include cooked vegetables as much as possible. Eating raw vegetables is not recommended especially for older adults. These are cucumbers, cabbage, eggplants, zucchini and squash, pumpkin, bell pepper, tomatoes.

10. The consumption of potatoes needs to be limited.

11. Dairy products such as cottage cheese can support the liver and prevent it from replacing its cells with fat. It must be included in your daily diet.

12. Greens, garlic, and horseradish can be eaten, but mustard is not allowed.

13. Intake of alcohol along with fatty, spicy, smoked and salty foods need to be strictly prohibited in the elderly.

14. Calorie content needs to be calculated based on the daily needs of a particular person.

On average, it needs to be as follows:

for men 60-75 years is 2300 kcal/day;

for women 60-75 years old – 2100 kcal/day;

for men from 75 years old – 2000 kcal/day;

for women 75 years and older – 1950-2000 kcal/day;

with mild obesity – 1800-1900 kcal/day;

for lying – 1800 kcal/day.

15. All sweets including jam, sugar, cakes, halva, condensed milk need to be excluded. As a sweetener, you can use xylitol, sorbitol, aspartame or fructose, but the amount needs to be in consultation with the doctor.

16. The patient must eat no more than 30 g of fat per day. This may be olive or butter, but fats in the form of mayonnaise, margarine, smoked sausages or bacon should not be consumed at any cost.

About Medigap Policy for Older Adults:

2019 Medicare supplement plans located at primarily cover copay & co-insurance for seniors.