How to Improve Your Life as an Older Diabetic Adult
Living with diabetes is a life-changing experience. Being diagnosed with diabetes affects your diet and administration of medication will be part of your daily routine. We have consolidated some expert tips from our nurses on how to improve the quality of life of a diabetic patient.
Why is the quality of care for a diabetic patient important?
Quality of care improves the quality of life for the patient. Many older adults with diabetes are usually diagnosed later because of the lack of awareness of warning symptoms. This late diagnosis indicates that the condition is at an advanced stage. Advanced stage diabetes requires a higher level of care from caregivers and diabetic patients themselves. After the diagnosis of diabetes, it is important to know the best way to manage the condition so you can achieve a sense of normalcy and routine in your life.
Nutrition for Diabetic Patients
It is important for older diabetic patients to take note of their dietary choices. All older adults with diabetes have to undergo a nutritional assessment upon diagnosis. The nutritional assessment should include a nutrition plan and it should be individualised and catered to suit the patients’ preference, culture, religion and eating routine. This will ensure that the patient will still be able to gain some sense of normalcy in their life despite being a diabetic patient.
Nutrition Tips From a Jaga-Me Nurse
Exercise for Diabetic Patients
Exercising is a great way to keep active and help manage diabetes. Brisk walking, jogging, yoga or tai-chi are great exercises especially for, older patients. Exercise is a great stress reliever and helps to reduce the glucose levels in a diabetic patient’s bloodstream.
Exercise Tips from a Jaga-Me Nurse
Things to look out for Diabetic Patients
Hypoglycaemia happens when the medication helps to control the sugar level in your blood too well, resulting in a more than the desired drop in sugar levels. It is important to recognise the signs and symptoms of hypoglycaemia and treat it promptly as it could lead to fainting or even death.
Here are some signs to look out for:
How to manage hypoglycaemia?
This article first appeared on Jaga-Me on 26/06/2018.
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