The Diabetes Crisis: Care in the Home

Diabetes, in its common form, allows excess sugar to build up in the blood and exact ferocious damage throughout the body. Diabetes is a disease in which the body has trouble turning food into energy. There are usually no symptoms for years and may have a hard time believing that they are truly ill.

Diabetes is such a widespread disease that affects people of all ages, races, and genders across the U.S. According to the American Diabetes Association. Here are a few statistics about diabetes;

  • One in three children born in the US are expected to become diabetic in their life.
  • Type 2 diabetes is the prominent form which affects adults and children.
  • 21 million Americas are thought to be diabetic and 41 million are pre-diabetic.
  • Type 2 diabetes can be delayed or perhaps prevented by a good diet and exercise.
  • Diabetes is the major cause of amputation in adults.

While there is currently no cure for diabetes, the disease can be effectively managed with medications and a change in diet and exercise. Although there is no typical or strict “diabetes diet,” it is recommended to eat foods that are high in nutrition and low in calories – like fruits, whole grains, and vegetables – instead of fatty, sugary foods.

Physical activity is also a must to manage weight, lower blood sugar levels and increase the body’s sensitivity to insulin. People with diabetes should aim for at least 30 minutes of aerobic activity most days of the week.

Medications and monitoring of blood sugar levels will be a part of life for people with diabetes. Depending on the condition, blood sugar should be monitored several times a day or several times a week. In addition, many people need insulin therapy throughout the day or may need to take other oral or injected medications to manage the condition.

At Home health CC we understand that living with diabetes may be challenging. From establishing a healthy lifestyle to managing blood sugar and insulin levels, the disease may require extra care outside regular visits to the doctor or after a stay in the hospital. Home Health CC has experience in helping individuals and their families live with diabetes. Our home healthcare professionals can visit people with diabetes in their homes to provide care or supplement a healthcare regimen.

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