Diabetes is a common condition that affects approximately 3 million people in the UK alone. Older people in particular, are at risk of developing the condition. To illustrate, half of all people living with diabetes in the UK are over the age of 65 and a quarter are over 75. With a diabetes diagnosis comes the necessity for significant lifestyle changes, including maintaining a healthy diet and exercising regularly.
In this blog post, we take a closer look at how home care can help manage the symptoms of diabetes and support a healthy lifestyle. Discover how home care in Manchester or the surrounding areas can help you or your loved one living with diabetes to live well despite the challenges of the condition.
What is diabetes?
Diabetes is a lifelong condition that can affect people of any age, race or gender. It affects how the body turns food into energy, causing a person’s blood sugar level to become too high. There are two types of diabetes and the most common is Type 2. Type 2 diabetes is where the body doesn’t produce enough insulin or where the body’s cells do not react to insulin. It can be managed by eating healthily, staying physically active and maintaining a healthy body weight. On the other hand, Type 1 diabetes is where the body’s immune system attacks and destroys the cells that produce insulin. Unfortunately, there are no lifestyle changes that can reduce the risk of developing Type 1 diabetes.
What’s it like living with diabetes?
As you may imagine, living with diabetes can have a significant impact on everyday life. Symptoms can include daytime fatigue, weight loss and blurred vision. It is not uncommon for people living with diabetes to feel thirsty more often and to have to urinate more frequently, especially at night. To manage diabetes, it’s important to eat well, stay active and carry out regular blood tests to ensure blood glucose levels are balanced. Those living with Type 1 diabetes also require regular insulin injections throughout their life. If you are living with Type 2 diabetes, medication may eventually become necessary.
How can home care support those with diabetes?
We understand that living with diabetes can bring increased challenges to daily living and require lifestyle changes. Our homecare services are here to help, supporting you or your loved one with overall health and wellbeing. Our goal is to empower those living with diabetes to live full, happy and independent lives for as long as possible. We do this by:
- ensuring you or your loved one stay hydrated to balance blood glucose levels
- shopping for and preparing nutritious meals
- encouraging healthy food choices and eating habits
- assisting with medication and checking glucose levels
- encouraging an active and healthy lifestyle
- providing consistent companionship
- accompanying you or your loved one to doctor’s appointments
- helping with personal care and managing domestic tasks
- providing practical support for managing symptoms such as fatigue or blurred vision.
Get in touch
If you or your loved one are living with diabetes and could use some extra support around the house, we would love to offer our professional support. Please feel free to contact us or call us on 0161 929 6039 to learn more about our home care services.