As a family caregiver, you may spend a lot of time learning about the medical conditions that affect your aging relative. If one of those conditions is diabetes, there’s a lot to know. Below are 10 facts to add to your diabetes knowledge base.
- Over 30 million people in the United States currently have diabetes. 25 percent of them don’t know it.
- Diabetes can lead to kidney failure. In fact, it is the number one cause of kidney failure and accounts for about 44% of cases.
- Having diabetes makes older adults 1.5 times more likely to have a stroke.
- Diabetics who smoke are at greater risk of having serious complications, like heart disease.
- Controlling diabetes reduces the risk of developing complications and can also keep existing complications from becoming worse.
- Type 2 diabetes is the most common kind of diabetes. Type 1 accounts for only about 5 percent of cases.
- Diabetes can lead to blindness. It is the top cause of blindness in people of working age.
- Having type 2 diabetes means that the body cannot use insulin properly. This is called insulin resistance. When diabetes begins, the pancreas might work overtime to produce enough insulin. However, it eventually cannot keep up and glucose levels rise.
- Research shows that losing weight can help to bring blood sugar levels under control. In one study, 46 percent of participants who participated in a weight loss program were able to reach and maintain normal blood sugar levels within one year.
- Over the past two decades, the number of people diagnosed with diabetes has tripled. Experts at the CDC say this is because more Americans are overweight, and the population is aging.
Another thing you may not know is that senior care can help your aging relative to better manage diabetes. Senior care providers can prepare healthy meals that fit into their diet plan. In addition, senior care providers can remind them to check their blood sugar levels and take medications. Senior care can also assist with transportation to medical appointments and to the pharmacy to pick up medicine and testing supplies. Senior care providers can also assist and encourage your loved one in their efforts to lose weight. Having someone cook healthy meals that focus on vegetables, fruits, whole grains, and lean protein can promote weight loss. And, having someone to celebrate weight loss victories with can make them even better.
If you or an aging loved one are considering senior care in Point Pleasant, NJ, contact the caring staff at Care Street Home Care’s Ocean/Monmouth Division. Call today 732-719-7011.