Step by Step Guide on Taking Care of diabetic Patient
There are over 463 million individuals with diabetes according to world health organization statistics, this number is expected to increase to 700 million people by 2045. 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.
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. 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.
Sometimes spend some time with the diabetic person and help them manage stress. It is important to insist on the importance of a stress-free lifestyle because stress can interfere with the body to produce insulin which is the main cause of type 2 diabetes, show the person some ways to cope with stress such as yoga, deep breathing as well as good sleep.
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.