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. The health effects of diabetes to the patient can be severe such as loss of eyesight, amputation, or stroke hence making the person to rely on other people’s support which can be depressing to both patient and the caregiver. Managing and taking care of a diabetic person can be stressful because of the changes you have to make to ensure the individual is well-taken care as possible. In this article we will give you a simple guide on how to take care of a diabetic patient.
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.
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. 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.
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 article has outlined some things you need to know when managing a diabetic person.