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Step by Step Guide on Taking Care of diabetic Patient
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 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. Since diabetes is caused by poor life choices such as lack of physical exercises, high alcohol intake, high fat, carbohydrate food among other things it can be disheartening to have such a high number of deaths where we can prevent it by changing our lifestyle behaviors. 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. 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. 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. 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 blog gives some tips that you might find important when taking care of a diabetic patient.