Tips of How to Take Care of Diabetes
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. 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.
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. 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.
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. The article highlights some vital know-how in the management of diabetic patient that you should know.
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