According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, 100 million people in the United States are living with type 2 diabetes or prediabetes, a condition in which the blood sugar is elevated but not high enough to be considered type 2.
TYPE 2 DIABETES
For people with type 2 diabetes, keeping weight and blood sugar levels under control is critical to avoiding health complications such as heart disease, stroke, vision problems or limb loss. Inactivity can lead to the increased risk of your cells becoming insulin resistant, which will make it more difficult to control your diabetes with insulin.
“Diabetics can face many other complex health challenges if they are not properly managing their condition, leading them to need assistance with daily tasks such as insulin injections and blood sugar testing,” said Susan Lightner, RN, director of Adventist HealthCare Home Care Services in Rockville. “Our nurses at Adventist HealthCare Home Care Services work with patients and their families to create a long-term disease management plan that can help diabetics stay active and avoid hospitalization.”
TIPS TO MANAGE HEALTH & WELLNESS
Managing your health and wellness as a diabetic can be challenging, but it is important to know what you can do to stay healthy and avoid hospitalization. Following these tips can help keep you stay live a healthier, more active life:
- Maintain your food, exercise and medication schedule as much as possible
- Check your blood sugar frequently
- Limit your sweets and high-calorie treats
- Use digital meal tracking tools to help keep you on track
- Order smart at restaurants by asking for options with less saturated fat, fried food and sugars
- Cook light, healthy dishes to take with you to parties
- Exercise regularly
Adventist HealthCare Home Care Services offers in-home healthcare and support to help diabetics manage their condition. Our services include nutrition guidance, insulin administration management, blood glucose monitoring, and disease education. If you or a loved one needs help managing diabetes at home, we offer compassionate caregivers who provide the highest quality healthcare services on an hourly, 24-hour or live-in basis.