While we can all admire his attitude and having a sense of humor in dealing with a life-threatening illness, it’s a big issue that affects millions in the US and is a burden to many of our elders. Type 2 diabetes is also known as “adult-onset” diabetes and makes for 90-95% diagnosed cases of diabetes. It occurs as the combined result of an unhealthy lifestyle and the pancreas producing less insulin.
The elderly are already prone to a number of chronic illnesses, and diabetes is another struggle to those who are more in need of caregiving. Providing help requires an understanding of the condition and the needs of those affected, like making sure to have regular monitoring for blood glucose levels, and to plan a healthy diet supplemented with formulas to help regulate glucose levels. Not only providing caring for our elders, but being aware of their individual health problems and how to manage them are essential to caregiving.
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I have more than one friend whose life has been affected by diabetes, and I also know the difficulty of putting a loved one under the care of others. A future with both the realities of diabetes and senior living coming together can be troubling. The best kind of comfort is knowing that professionals with the right knowledge and resources are there to help, ready to handle every need and address every concern for whoever they are accountable for.
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