If your loved one has type-2 diabetes you can find out about how the condition can be managed well with the right support.
Type-2 diabetes is more common than type 1 diabetes and in the UK around 90% of all adults with diabetes have type 2. Sadly, diabetes is prevalent in the senior population of the UK with 1 in 10 people over 40 suffering with type 2 diabetes.
Although diabetes is a health condition most of us want to avoid, once diagnosed, you can manage the condition well. Once a diagnosis is obtained a person can have a good quality of life with type-2 diabetes.
What Is Type 2 Diabetes?
With type 2 diabetes, the body has a bad relationship with insulin. It doesn’t use it well, or make it very well. If a person is overweight or obese, doesn’t move much or has a family history of diabetes is more likely to get it. It can affect the whole body and it is extremely important to manage it because it can cause issues with the eyes, nerves, kidneys, heart and more. It may even be that it increases a person’s risk of getting cancer or Alzheimers.
Helping The Elderly Manage Type 2 Diabetes
It is important to help the elderly manage type-2 diabetes because if diabetes in the elderly is not managed well the condition can cause very serious consequences. Live-in carers, visiting carers or care home workers can provide support in a multitude of ways. Nutrition, for example, is a key part of managing diabetes to ensure that the right levels of sugar are maintained, and that all areas of nutrition are met without excessive calories being consumed.
Carers can also encourage and support a more active lifestyle, and help to manage medication schedules. Live-in carers and care home workers are able to keep an eye out for signs that the condition is not being managed well. For example: sores on the feet may be missed because of nerve issues preventing the person from detecting the injury. Without intervention, problems like this can turn into much bigger injuries and could even result in the need for amputation down the line.
Could Live-in Care Help You Or A Loved One Manage Type 2 Diabetes?
Live-in carers are trained to help clients effectively manage their type 2 diabetes in a way that supports optimum health. With expert insights into nutrition, recommendations for mobility aids and support with elderly exercise and focused medication management, a person can live a great quality of life alongside their type 2 diabetes. As live-in carers are living in the clients home with them, they can support a person staying in the home for as long as possible, avoiding the need for residential care homes.
If you’re interested in live-in care to help you or a loved one manage type 2 diabetes, take a look at The Live-in Care Hub. It could be a smart move to help you stay independent and healthy at home for longer.