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. What is alarming is the ever-increasing worldwide prevalence of people with diabetes of individuals who are 18 years and above which rose from 4.7% in 1980 to 8.5% in 2019 with an estimated 1.6 million fatalities in 2016 which were as a result of diabetes while another 2.2 million deaths were diabetic related high blood sugar. 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. 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. 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. 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. 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.
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.