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Aging in Place: Managing Diabetes

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Overview

As our body turns food into glucose, insulin helps it get into our cells. If a patient has diabetes, insulin is insufficiently produced resulting in glucose overdrive in the blood.

  • Types

    The two main kinds of diabetes are:

    1. Type 1 Diabetes

      This happens when the body is producing either little to no insulin at all. This occurs more often in children and young adults.

    2. Type 2 Diabetes

      This is described as the condition where the body produces insulin but doesn’t use it the right way. This type is more commonly prevalent in middle-aged and older adults.

  • Symptoms

    Although Type 2 Diabetes patients may not know they have it unless checked and diagnosed by a doctor, those who have diabetes may show:

    1. Increased exhaustion, hunger, and thirst

    2. Unexplained weight loss

    3. Frequent urination

    4. Headaches

    5. Blurred vision

    6. Non-healing/chronic wounds

  • Management

    After being diagnosed, your doctor will choose the best treatment options for you based on the type of diabetes you have, your daily routine, and any other health problems you may have.

    Some of the ways to keep your diabetes under control are:

    1. Tracking glucose levels

    2. Shifting to a healthier diet and food choice

    3. Getting physically active

    4. Taking diabetes meds

  • Living with Diabetes: Staying Healthy
    • Find out your average glucose level.

    • Watch your blood pressure and cholesterol.

    • Stop smoking.

    • Have a regular check-up for other systems of the body.

    • Get flu shots and pneumonia vaccine.

    • Care for your teeth and gums.

    • Protect your skin and frequently check your feet.

    • Employ a home health aide.

Your doctor may want you to see other health care providers who can assist with your daily care routine. With our Diabetic Patient Monitoring and Medication Management services, Angels Care Home Health Services LLC can provide you with health care services in Reynoldsburg, Ohio.

For physical therapy in Ohio and other healthcare services, dial 614-367-7724.

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