8 Foods Seniors with Diabetes Should Avoid Eating

Senior diabetics must watch their diets to manage their blood sugar levels. Though most seniors with diabetes are conscientious of the foods they buy and consume, there are hidden dangers in several foods that they might not recognize. The staff at Coast Care Partners, a leading provider of La Mesa elderly care, has put together a list of 8 foods aging adults with diabetes should avoid.

1. Bottled, Canned, or Concentrated Frozen Juices

Processed juices often contain some type of added sugar unless otherwise noted on the label. Diabetics are much safer squeezing their own juice using fresh fruit. Smoothies made in fast food eateries have a similar issue. Making smoothies at home gives older adults more control over the ingredients. 

2. Certain Fruits

Fresh or frozen fruits are great sources of fiber, vitamins, and minerals. Nevertheless, bananas, melons, and pitted fruits contain more fructose than others. Senior diabetics should eat these delights sparingly if at all. Better options include apples, grapes, and strawberries. 

3. Coffee Blends

Coffee enhances cognitive function, and it also contains antioxidants that eliminate free radicals, which contribute to cell aging and destruction. However, bottled coffees or the blended beverages served in many coffeehouses commonly harbor large amounts of sugar that can raise blood glucose levels. Seniors with diabetes should consider making coffee at home and using nonfat creamers and appropriate sugar substitutes. 

4. Creamed Sauces

Creamed sauces that are often used as a topping for pasta or mixed with vegetables are heavy in calories and carbohydrates. These sauces are commonly made with butter or margarine along with cream and cheese. This combination easily raises blood sugar and may cause unnecessary weight gain.

5. Desserts

Pastries and ice cream are typically high in fat and sugar. The American Diabetes Association advises that seniors should indulge in these treats sparingly. Another option includes making desserts at home using recipes specifically for diabetics. 

6. Fatty Foods

Diabetics are advised to avoid fried or stir-fried dishes. Fried foods absorb a considerable amount of cooking oil during preparation. Stir-fried foods are also made in an oiled skillet or wok. Seniors who enjoy Asian foods should also exercise caution. Sweet and sour dishes generally contain sugar, and some dough-based foods, though steamed, are high in calories and carbohydrates. 

7. Refined Cereals

Although they are typically fortified with vitamins and minerals, boxed and bagged cereals often contain high amounts of sugar. Better breakfast options include homemade oatmeal, egg whites, and turkey bacon, which provides ample sources of protein. 

8. White Rice 

According to studies performed by researchers from Harvard University, a diet that consistently includes white rice is not a healthy option for diabetics. This type of rice is rated high on the glycemic index and is thus considered high in carbohydrates. White rice is easily broken down in the body and converted into sugar. Seniors might consider substituting brown rice or other grains that are not as high on the glycemic index.

Some seniors have difficulty preparing nutritious meals without assistance. If your loved one is living with diabetes or another condition that requires adhering to a strict diet, he or she can benefit from the companionship of a professional home caregiver. La Mesa, California, families trust the caregivers at Coast Care Partners to help their elderly loved ones manage cooking and grocery shopping as well as other daily tasks such as grooming, bathing, and light housekeeping. To learn more about our senior in-home care and schedule an appointment, give us a call today at 619-354-2544.