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 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. 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. It is, therefore, important not only to the patient but also to the care providers to know the ideal ways of managing diabetic person because it can be overwhelming both emotionally and physically due to changes they have to adopt in managing diabetes. 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. Give them your time, listen to them especially when they need to talk because this may concern their fears about how they may change their life, you can help them plan on how to deal with the issues and assure them diabetes is manageable and they can live a long and full life.
You should help the diabetic person on how to manage stress. 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.
Ensure you have a proper understanding of the symptoms of low blood sugar which may constitute dizziness, insomnia, mood change, confusion, hunger, seizures, etc and know how you can correct them for example give the diabetic person a glass of juice or a snack. This blog gives some tips that you might find important when taking care of a diabetic patient.