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 statistics from the world health organization demonstrates an increase in diabetes prevalence rate which is at 8.5% as of 2019, the further report approximately 1.6 million people died of diabetes in 2016 with another 2.2 million perishing from a diabetic-related complication such as high blood pressure and glucose. Seeing such statistics can be heart wrenching particularly because diabetes is a non-communicable disease that mostly occurs due to our lifestyle behaviors such as poor diet, lack of physical activities, excessive drinking of alcohol. 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. Living with diabetes requires lifestyle changes that may be emotionally and physically intense to both diabetic person and the person or people assisting them. This article, therefore, gives you some tips you can help you in taking care of a diabetic person.
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. Listening to the diabetic persons may include helping them deal with their concerns and issues while assuring them that diabetes is fully 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. Managing stress is important because stress interfere with the production of insulin in our bodies which can be bad for a diabetic person whose insulin production and management is already malfunctioning, one way you can help them manage stress include helping them in learning relaxation techniques such as deep breathing, meditation as well as yoga, make sure you insist on getting enough sleep as well as exercising.
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.