5 Foods Your Diabetic Patient should AVOID

Diabetic Patient

Home health aides who care for their diabetic patients should take into account their needs while creating a meal plan suitable to their needs. A healthy diet is one that is rich in nutrients but low in fat and calories. The main compounds are fruits, vegetables and whole grains. While many of us already know that a healthy diet is suitable for the patients, here is a list of 5 foods that are actually not so healthy for a diabetic patient and what they should stay away from.

  1. Corn
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Corn is strictly prohibited for patients with type 2 diabetes, even in the form of cereals, muesli and popcorn. 

Why isn’t corn a good option?

This food contains many starches and, because of this, it significantly loads the pancreas. An alternative may be a variety of cabbage salads which are allowed with the addition of boiled or canned corn grains, with herbs, cucumbers, tomatoes, celery, zucchini, cauliflower. Meat, poultry, or fish, mostly boiled, baked in foil, or stewed (with a little oil) may be added to salads.

  1. Rice
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Though white rice is valuable for its content of B vitamins, which are responsible for the health of the nervous system, it isn’t the best option for a diabetic patient. Rice takes an active part in the production of energy necessary for movement and general life but the glycemic index of white milled rice is 65-70. That is why it is better to switch to alternatives such as barley, oatmeal, wheat bread or cereals high in fiber. However, you do not have to get rid of rice completely, you may just try out brown rice. Brown rice is often used for weight loss, as well as for cleansing the body because such food is rich in fiber, folic acid and vitamin B1.

  1. Sausages
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Smoked, salted and fried foods should not be consumed. This is because, with the way they are processed, even dietary meat and fish become harmful for diabetics. In general, most types of meat and fish are included in the diet of diabetics due to their low carbohydrate content. It is worth excluding only from mutton, the high-fat content of which can cause the development of various pathologies in patients with diabetes mellitus.

  1. Sweet Yogurts
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When choosing dairy products for people with type 2 diabetes, home attendants need to focus on their fat content. Sweet yogurts, fatty sour cream and cheese are not the best choices. The rest of the dairy and fermented milk products are allowed and even highly recommended. People with diabetes can eat homemade yogurt, but low-fat yogurt is prohibited. Diabetes patients cannot have sugar, fruits and various additives.

  1. White bread
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The high content of fast carbohydrates makes wheat flour a dangerous product for diabetics. This is due to the composition of this food since it is baked from premium flour. Because of the carbohydrates shock dose, such bread does not contain anything useful for health. Conversely, even a small loaf of white bread can lead to high blood glucose readings. Diabetes patients should stay away from sweet buns. As an alternative try bread made from rye flour, wholemeal flour or bran.

A heart healthy meal plan is especially important for diabetic patients and requires certain knowledge and attention. First, exclude fatty foods, sweets and alcohol. As their home health aide,  pay attention to the patient’s well-being after consuming certain foods. For more information on how to meal prep, contact All Heart Homecare Agency. Our nurses would gladly inform you of the details for properly caring for elderly patients with different diseases. 

Why You Need the Flu vaccination Now More Than Ever

The time has come for your annual flu vaccinations as it is now influenza season. However, you may have some more concerns about getting vaccinated this year as more questions have risen for you. Questions such as, “How safe is the flu vaccination?” or “How does COVID-19 factor in during the flu season?” 

We will gladly answer these concerns for you as the CDC has posted new information on why the vaccination of the flu shot is important now more than ever before. 

All About the Influenza Shot

As the weather now turns colder, flu season also comes into the picture. Many wonder about the flu vaccinations and as healthcare workers, many are given the option and even requested to get that flu shot. Yet many ask what the purpose of this is especially in 2020 when most of the world is focusing on avoiding illnesses such a COVID-19. Why do people need it if we are already wearing a mask almost all day and are practicing social distancing?

Just like all the years prior to this one, it is always recommended that everyone, especially healthcare professionals get a vaccination shot for the influenza season. Why is that? Well, for one, you are constantly working with elderly patients. These patients are more vulnerable to a simple flu as their immune system weakens with age. Something that may be a simple cold for you at your younger age will likely not be the same effect for the elderly person. Thus, as the strain of the flu constantly changes annually, it’s important to get vaccinated for the new flu shot to keep those around you safe. 

Is the Flu Shot effective? Yes, in the most recent years, it is said that it is 50-70% effective to prevent the flu, plus, if you do get sick or have another illnesses as the flu vaccine with reduce the severity. 

Protecting Vulnerable Groups:

Thousands of people die from the flu every year and most of these people are over the age of 65 with an immunocompromised health. In addition to this, pregnant women and children are also at a high risk. Now as a home health aide, you are constantly in an environment with at-risk groups. By getting this flu shot, you not only protect yourself but others around you as well.  

Why do you need the flu shot now more than ever?

To protect Healthcare capacity: 

With the flu vaccination, you reduce the chances of getting sick and being hospitalized. Because we are still currently in a pandemic, we need to reduce the number of medical attention applied per person so that hospitals will not be over-crowded. 

To Prevent Co-infection of both COVID-19 and the Seasonal Influenza:

There have been reports that suggest if both COVID-19 and the flu coexist in the body, it may be a severe risk for vulnerable patients. As more time passes by and the CDC studies the two diseases, it will become available and more understanding to us.

Overall Benefits of the Flu Vaccination

Though it will not protect you from contracting the Coronavirus, it will reduce the chances of needing to go to the doctor this season as well as developing symptoms or even being quarantined. Because this year is very complex already, let’s do our part and protect others and ourselves by getting vaccinated.

For more information on the flu season and how it will affect your workplace, contact us, and we would gladly share more with you about how to keep safe during these trying times.

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Did you know that if you are thirsty, your body is already actually 2% more dehydrated? This means when you are trying to regulate heat, your body becomes weaker than you are aware! This is especially difficult for seniors as their bodies are more fragile to temperature and dehydration. 

The following article will share some of the things you can do to help your loved ones reduce the chances of a heat stroke during times like summer where temperatures can significantly rise. 

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Senior Care Tips & Activities for the 4th of July

What are your favorite 4th of July memories? Perhaps it’s a family barbeque, watching fireworks in the park, or maybe just a time you went to Coney Island to watch the Annual Hot Dog Eating Contest? 

Though we often want to relive the nostalgia, sometimes seniors are no longer able to attend their favorite Independence Day festivities as they once were able to. This may be because the heat of the summer’s day is too strong and it may be difficult for seniors to be outside of long periods of time.

In order to bring back some fond memories, and maybe even create some new ones, here are some tips and activities that seniors can enjoy this holiday.

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