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. What is alarming is the ever-increasing worldwide prevalence of people with diabetes of individuals who are 18 years and above which rose from 4.7% in 1980 to 8.5% in 2019 with an estimated 1.6 million fatalities in 2016 which were as a result of diabetes while another 2.2 million deaths were diabetic related high blood sugar. 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. 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. The blog provides you with some steps you can incorporate when providing care to a person with diabetes.
One thing you need to recognize is that when one is diagnosed with a chronic condition such as diabetes can be depressed and they will probably be in denial and upset, therefore ensure you provide them with emotional support which they need to put themselves together. 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.
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.