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 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. 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. 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.
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. The main reason of managing stress is to help the promotion of insulin production in the body which the diabetic person requires, make sure you guide them on some of the ways to deal with stress such as mediation, yoga, sufficient and quality sleep, visualization among other things that can help them healthily reduce stress.
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.