Checking glucose levels, monitoring blood pressure and monitoring food intake—these are just a few of the daily activities known all too well by diabetics.
Effective diabetes care requires consistent, ongoing care management—realizing that ignoring diabetes can result in serious health complications such as heart disease, high blood pressure and even diabetic coma. Thankfully, there are steps diabetics can take to alleviate the stress of diabetes care and remain hopeful and healthy.
Most importantly, identify barriers to care. Barriers to diabetes care management can include:
- Requiring additional information and education on proper diabetic care
- Avoiding circumstances that might disrupt the diabetes care schedule
- Overcoming excuses related to getting more exercise
- Eating habits that could be driven by emotions instead of actual hunger
- Depression or other emotional problems
Accept help. Family, friends and coworkers can offer an understanding shoulder to lean on. Diabetics need to let them know what will be helpful and what to watch for. A home caregiver, such as those at Hired Hands Homecare, is trained in diabetic care and can serve as an excellent resource for diabetes care support and encouragement.
Change your care focus to recognize benefits. While it’s true that proper diabetes care helps prevent diabetic complications, if it’s challenging to constantly maintain the necessary level of care, it’s important to also consider other benefits that can help. For instance, properly managing diabetes could result in better agility on the basketball court, improved work productivity, and the ability to better enjoy hobbies and interests.
Stay with a diabetes care plan. Creation of a daily routine will help with managing diabetes care effectively. Remember to consider how that plan will be affected if there are disruptions to the regular schedule.
Stay positive. Negative self-talk can result in depression and feelings of helplessness, while positive self-talk is motivational and provides solutions. Rather than thinking, “I can never manage my diabetes—I may as well plan on always having health problems,” try thinking, “I didn’t pay enough attention to my portion sizes at lunch; that is why my blood sugar is off. I need to think ahead next time and keep portion sizes in line with my meal plan, or cover with extra insulin if I eat more than I should have.”
If you live in Marin, Sonoma, Napa counties or the Tri-Valley area, Hired Hands Homecare can provide professional, consistent in-home care for diabetics, resulting in more effective management of the disease. We’re pleased to offer the highest quality caregivers North Bay and the surrounding areas have to offer. Contact us online or call (866) 940-4343 for a free in-home assessment or for more information.