What You May Not Know about Diabetes Management
The number of people with diabetes worldwide is estimated to be 463 million people worldwide and is believed to continue up to 2045 where world health organization estimates over 700 million people will be diabetic. The prevalence rate of diabetes has been gradually increasing which was reported as 4.7% in 1980 but in 2019 the prevalence rate was recorded as 8.5% by the world health organization, where they indicated 1.6 million people died due to diabetic complications in 2016 with another 2.2 people dying of diabetic-related problems. Since diabetes is caused by poor life choices such as lack of physical exercises, high alcohol intake, high fat, carbohydrate food among other things it can be disheartening to have such a high number of deaths where we can prevent it by changing our lifestyle behaviors. Furthermore, the burden caused by diabetes is another thing that can be overwhelming not only to the diabetic individual but to the family and relative of the patient mainly because sometimes diabetes causes blindness, stroke, lower limb amputation among other things leaving the patient dependent on others for survival. 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. The blog provides you with some steps you can incorporate when providing care to a person with diabetes.
The first thing you need to do when your loved one is diagnosed with diabetes is to provide emotional support, they will most likely be overwhelmed and feeling sad. 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.
Another thing you need to help a diabetic patient is to help them manage stress as well helping them taking oral diabetes medications because one thing the patient might experience is stress for being diagnosed with diabetes. 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.
It is important as a care provider to a diabetic person to have an ideal understanding of the symptoms of low blood sugar which can happen if the diabetic individual eat too little or take excess insulin and therefore you need to help the person revert the low blood sugar symptoms which may include dizziness, insomnia, mood change, confusion, hunger, seizures, etc by giving them a glass of juice or a snack. This blog gives some tips that you might find important when taking care of a diabetic patient.
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