Step by Step Guide on Taking Care of diabetic Patient
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. 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. 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. 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.
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. 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. 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 blog gives some tips that you might find important when taking care of a diabetic patient.