Diabetes is a disease that affects the body’s ability to control blood sugar levels. There is no cure for diabetes, but it is possible to effectively control blood sugar levels with medications, diet, and exercise. Seniors that have diabetes may find it helpful to have a home caregiver provide assistance with in-home diabetes care.
While there is no specific diabetes diet, foods that are high in nutrition and low in calories are best for diabetics. Fresh fruits, vegetables, and lean meats may help diabetics to control blood sugar and weight. Weight management is an important part of diabetes control. Those that maintain a healthy weight will typically respond better to insulin and have lower risks of developing conditions commonly associated with diabetes.
Seniors with diabetes may benefit greatly from infusing 30 minutes of exercise into daily routines. Exercise will help the body respond consistently to insulin. Exercise will also help diabetic seniors to maintain a healthy weight and avoid adverse health conditions.
Blood Sugar Monitoring
Depending on the severity of the condition, blood sugar levels should be monitored up to several times a day. This can be done using home glucose monitors, which are available at many pharmacies. If blood sugar levels are slightly low, eating may bring levels up. If blood sugar levels are extremely low, it may be necessary to take a sugar pill. If blood sugar levels are high, it may be necessary to use medication to control levels.
Diabetes is typically controlled with insulin therapy. Insulin is most often injected using a needle, but may be taken orally in the form of a pill in some cases. Insulin should never be taken without testing blood sugar levels first. Insulin quickly lowers blood sugar. If blood sugar levels are low and insulin is injected or swallowed, it may be life threatening.
Home Caregiver Assistance
Home caregivers may be able to help diabetic seniors with many aspects of diabetes management. Caregivers can work with seniors to create meal plans and prepare meals to ensure the healthiest diet possible. Home caregivers may also be able to assist patients in creating an exercise regimen and maintaining the motivation to participate daily. When necessary, caregivers may also be able to assist seniors with glucose monitoring and blood sugar level management. If any emergencies arise, caregivers will also be able to provide transportation and assistance with seeking medical treatment.