Our expert says:
Dear Xero Knowledge
I hear what you are saying and feel for you and your dear Mom. The Health24 website has a great many articles on each one of the problems your Mom is struggling with. Click on 'Diet' at the top of this page and then do a Search (look for the little square that says 'Search' at the top of the page) using search terms like: Diabetes, Strokes, Hypertension, Small Vessel disease to find the articles on these subjects so you are more informed. Also click on 'Diet' and 'Weight loss' and 'The Glycaemic Index' and read the articles on the GI, because patients with diabetes should eat a low-fat, low-GI diet. Another excellent diet that is also low in fat and high in protective nutrients is the DASH Diet. Click on 'Food as medicine' and 'Hypertension' and read about the DASH Diet which was developed in the USA to lower bp. If you click on ‘Food as Medicine' on the Diet Site and then on ‘Type 2 diabetes’, you should find a basic guideline on a diabetic diet too. As regards exercise is it at all possible for you to arrange that your Mom can swim (public swimming pool or at a friend's house) because swimming is an excellent aerobic exercise that will help for blood circulation and to control your Mom's diabetes. I would just make sure that someone is with your Mom when she swims and that you wait until it is warmer if you live in the Cape! Going for gentle walks and then increasing how far she walks (also accompanied) will also be highly beneficial. The lipomas will not be affected by swimming or walking.
I do hope that you will be able to put together a plan to care for your dear Mom and that she feels much better soon. By the way, the latest research indicates that coffee in moderate amounts (3-4 cups a day) is actually beneficial to health.
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