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. 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. 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.
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.
Ensure you have a proper understanding of the symptoms of low blood sugar which may constitute dizziness, insomnia, mood change, confusion, hunger, seizures, etc and know how you can correct them for example give the diabetic person a glass of juice or a snack. This blog gives some tips that you might find important when taking care of a diabetic patient.