The health of a person suffering from such a serious condition as diabetes is, first and foremost, dependent on his or her own self-discipline, caution, and common sense, but it is almost equally as tough for those living with a diabetic. After all, in the case of a seizure, it is you who are responsible for delivering the first aid, and it is your daily attention that can greatly improve the quality of life of your loved one. So, what should you know if you live with a diabetic?
1. Diabetics Are Slow to Heal Injuries
Many, if not all, diabetics suffer from slow or limited wound healing, especially if they injure their legs. It means that what may be a minor injury for a healthy person can have a long-lasting effect on a diabetic, sometimes even leading to the eventual loss of limbs. As a result, wounds, even small and insignificant ones, should receive utmost attention and care.
2. Test Strips Are Going to Be a Constant Expense
Blood glucose monitoring is essential for maintaining health, wellbeing, and quality of life of a diabetic. Sometimes you may get a blood meter for free – from your health care team, by rebate from the producer, as a part of health insurance. Test strips are another matter – you cannot use them more than once, and they can be expensive, which means that finding a source of affordable diabetic strips is very important. Some can be received from your health insurance company, but make sure to find out how many per day your insurance covers.
3. Cold Insulin Can Be Painful
Of course, if a diabetic needs insulin urgently, there isn’t much choice. However, if it is a routine injection, you should use insulin kept at room temperature. Insulin right out of a refrigerator can hurt quite a lot when injected. You can safely store insulin at room temperature for about a month, which means that insulin currently in use should be kept out of the fridge – just make sure to keep it away from sources of heat.
4. Low Blood Sugar May Cause Mood Swings
Low blood sugar, especially in diabetics on insulin, often causes them to feel nervous, irritable, and confused. Be prepared for mood swings – if you live with a diabetic, you are going to suffer from them the most. Just keep in mind that they are not personally directed against you, keep your calm, and be sure not to get irritated yourself.
5. Exercise Is a Must
Exercise is a good idea for everybody, but especially so for diabetics. It helps in maintaining blood glucose at an optimal range, keeps weight in check, and alleviates a number of other diabetes problems. If you are living with a person suffering from diabetes, helping them find time and opportunities to exercise is one of your primary concerns. Try taking some responsibilities off their hands, give them opportunities to exercise, remind them if necessary – just don’t overdo it and try to keep to healthy encouragement, not irritating nagging.
6. Food Is Important
The best approach would be to adopt healthier eating habits for the entire household. This way, you won’t tempt the diabetic with foods they shouldn’t eat and won’t make them feel different every time you sit down to a meal. Learn diabetic cooking, adapt familiar recipes to new conditions, avoid resentment.
Living with a diabetic is tough. Diabetes is not a condition that you can take a vacation from – it is always there, it permeates every minute of your lives. But by learning more about it, you can make life bearable and even enjoyable for all concerned.
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