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5 Exercise Tips for Elderly Diabetics

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If your elderly loved one is diabetic, she already knows the importance of regularly testing her blood sugar. She probably also knows that exercise can help her body to regulate her blood sugar Elderly-Care-Tempe-AZmore effectively. Here are some tips that can help to make exercise easier and more effective for your elderly loved one.


Diabetics should never exercise on an empty stomach so that they can keep their blood sugar more level during the workout. A balanced breakfast is key, with protein, fats, and carbohydrates included. In conjunction with blood sugar testing, this can keep your loved one going before and after her workout. Hypoglycemia can come on quickly, so getting that fuel in her system before she needs it can help to stave off that problem.


Stretching is always important both before and after any exercise. It helps to prevent injury and it removes muscle stiffness before working out. It can also help to prevent muscle soreness after the workout. Stretching doesn’t have to take long, either. Just a few minutes of gentle stretches should be enough to get the muscles warmed up and ready to go.

Add Variety

Doing the same workout every day can get old, and then your elderly loved one is likely to start skipping workouts. Help her to come up with several different activities that she enjoys so she can get a good workout and stay interested in all of the different choices that she has. She may even find some new activities that she loves.

Have a Partner

It’s really important for diabetics to have a workout partner. That way if something goes wrong with either the workout itself or with her blood sugar, there’s someone there who can help. If you can’t be there, you can enlist the help of companion senior care providers who can be there.

Start Slow

If your loved one is just starting her exercise program, then it’s a really good idea to start out slowly. Even if an exercise session is only five minutes at a time to start out, that’s better than nothing. As she gets more used to working out, then it’s easy to increase those workout times accordingly. Her doctor can recommend exercises and ways to ramp up those programs.

While diabetics do have some extra considerations when starting to exercise, it’s really healthy for them to add some workouts to their week.

If you or an aging loved one are considering hiring elderly care services in Tempe, AZ, please contact the caring staff at About You Home Care (480) 427-4840. Servicing Phoenix and the surrounding communities.


Debbie McLay

Founder and CEO at About You Home Care
Debbie McLay has had a ten year career working as a Behavioral Health Technician providing Direct Care to youth and adults with behavioral challenges, including substance abuse, eating disorders, domestic violence, and mental illness. For her exceptional work in this area Debbie was nominated for Subcontractor Employee of the Year by Value Options, an organization contracted to manage the mental health system in Maricopa County, and her client was nominated for the Most Successful Client of the Year. Debbie’s entrepreneurial endeavors began twelve years ago when she owned a successful retail business in a busy mall.

Debbie experienced firsthand in her own family the challenges that caregiver’s endure when caring for an aging loved one and saw a need for providers who adhere to a higher standard with exceptional service and individualized care that she herself provided in her behavioral health career. Debbie combined her background in healthcare with her entrepreneurial experience and founded About You Home Care with a vision of serving others who were faced with the struggles that her family had experienced. She’s also a strong believer in community service and does volunteer work for Duet, a nonprofit organization that provides aid for older adults and their families that face the difficult challenges associated with aging. Debbie has been on the fundraising event Steering Committee since 2011 and served as the event chair for two of those years.

Debbie did her Undergraduate studies in Psychology and Behavioral Science with Honors and pursued additional education in Chemical Dependency Counseling.