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. 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. 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. The blog provides you with some steps you can incorporate when providing care to a person with diabetes.
Make sure you provide emotional support when you have a family member or friend diagnosed with diabetes because it can be stressful and upsetting to someone. As part of listening to the diabetic patient make sure you give assurance that they can fully manage diabetes and they can live a long life as long as they follow the laid down instructions by health providers while still add that you will help the person in following the set guidelines.
You should help the diabetic person on how to manage stress. The main reason of managing stress is to help the promotion of insulin production in the body which the diabetic person requires, make sure you guide them on some of the ways to deal with stress such as mediation, yoga, sufficient and quality sleep, visualization among other things that can help them healthily reduce stress.
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 article has outlined some things you need to know when managing a diabetic person.