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Managing Diabetes in Elderly With Live-In Care

Live-in Carer giving food to an elderly man with diabetes

On November 14 users across social media raised awareness about diabetes. The purpose of this awareness day is to educate people all over the world about types of diabetes and, more importantly, how to manage this condition.

Diabetes can be successfully managed so people with this condition live a happy life. What is important to remember that you are not alone. If you need help, get in touch so we can discuss how a Livein Carer can support you.

The first ever World Diabetes Day happened in 1991. This was a time when the number of people diagnosed with diabetes began to increase all over the world. The International Diabetes Federation and World Health Organisation thought that people should know about the symptoms of this condition so they can act sooner rather than later, and learn how to manage diabetes so it want affect quality of life. November 14 was chosen as it was the day when Sir Frederick Banting was born, the man who discovered insulin in 1922.

So, what is diabetes and how does it affect our body? Diabetes is a condition which occurs when blood sugar is too high. Blood sugar is our main source of energy and comes from the food we eat. A hormone called insulin, that is developed in our body, helps sugar from food get into our cells to be used for energy. But sometimes insulin production is distorted and sugar does not go to cells but stays in our blood instead. The more sugar we have in our blood, the more likely we can develop various health problems, and diabetes is one of them.

Diabetes can be developed at any age and it is important to watch out for symptoms. The most common symptoms of diabetes are frequent urination, thirst and hunger, weight loss, blurry vision, tingling hands or feet, dry skin, and fatigue. Anyone with these symptoms should have their blood sugar checked as soon as possible. Some Live-in Carers are trained to recognise these symptoms of diabetes and can help get early diagnosis.

There are also support groups that are able to help you, and your doctor should be able to provide you with the necessary information about these groups. Live in Carers accompany their Clients to such support groups and support events.

The key in managing diabetes is to know how much sugar is in your blood. A glucometer will help you with it, and your doctor will tell you when the readings should be taken.

One of the best ways of keeping the blood sugar under control is to eat healthy food regularly and control your portions, so your blood sugar stays within the target range. Some people find it useful to set up a meal plan which should include more vegetables and less processed food. When setting up a meal plan, remember that carbohydrates raise your blood sugar levels and consider replacing for example, fruit juice that raise blood sugar quickly, with a whole fruit. Besides, whole fruits give you fibre which is beneficial for your digestive system!

Dieticians working with people with diabetes recommend eating about the same amount of carbs at each meal and count them using the plate method. It is easy and very helpful - Live in Carers can help you set up a meal plan and ensure that you manage it well.

It is essential that you should stay active if you have diabetes. It has been observed that your body becomes more sensitive to insulin if you are active, and this helps manage diabetes. There are series of exercises which you can do at different stages of mobility - Live-in Carers help their Clients keep their bodies as active as possible.

For more information on how Live-in Care at home can help your elderly relative, call our team today on 01264 319 399


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