What You May Not Know about Diabetes Management
According to World Health Organization there were 463 million individuals with diabetes as per 2019 and the number is believed to rise by 2045 where they have projected to reach 700 million diabetic individuals. What is alarming is the ever-increasing worldwide prevalence of people with diabetes of individuals who are 18 years and above which rose from 4.7% in 1980 to 8.5% in 2019 with an estimated 1.6 million fatalities in 2016 which were as a result of diabetes while another 2.2 million deaths were diabetic related high blood sugar. It is sad when one reads such statistics from the world health organization because diabetes is a preventable condition but our poor lifestyle choices contribute to a large extent its early development, such choices include a sedentary lifestyle, excessive drinking as well as poor diet. Diabetes can lead to severe conditions such as blindness, leg amputation, or stroke making the patient to partially or solely dependent on family or friends assistance which can cause depression not only to the patient but also to the caregivers. It is, therefore, important not only to the patient but also to the care providers to know the ideal ways of managing diabetic person because it can be overwhelming both emotionally and physically due to changes they have to adopt in managing diabetes. In this article we will give you a simple guide on how to take care of a diabetic patient.
One thing you need to recognize is that when one is diagnosed with a chronic condition such as diabetes can be depressed and they will probably be in denial and upset, therefore ensure you provide them with emotional support which they need to put themselves together. Give them your time, listen to them especially when they need to talk because this may concern their fears about how they may change their life, you can help them plan on how to deal with the issues and assure them diabetes is manageable and they can live a long and full life.
Sometimes spend some time with the diabetic person and help them manage stress. It is important to insist on the importance of a stress-free lifestyle because stress can interfere with the body to produce insulin which is the main cause of type 2 diabetes, show the person some ways to cope with stress such as yoga, deep breathing as well as good sleep.
As a caregiver you should also understand and recognize the symptoms of low blood sugar which can occur if a diabetic person eats too little or take too much insulin, therefore ensure you can recognize the symptoms such as dizziness, insomnia, mood change, confusion, hunger, seizures, etc, so you can help the diabetic person correct low blood sugar for example by taking a snack or drinking juice. This blog gives some tips that you might find important when taking care of a diabetic patient.
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