Diabetes is far more widespread in the United States than in the past, and providing care for a senior loved one impacted by diabetes symptoms is a daily event. While each individual’s experience with the disease is different, the following diabetes care tips highlight some uncommon symptoms that may arise with next to no warning. For this reason, it’s critical that diabetics and their care providers be on the lookout each and every day to ensure safety and a quick response, if necessary.
Below are several important examples from the American Diabetes Association of uncommon symptoms to watch out for on a regular basis:
- Overwhelming fatigue
- Blurred vision
- Cuts and/or bruises which are typically slow to heal
- Reduced weight – even when eating more
- Numbness, tingling, or pain in the feet and/or hands
- Make sure to connect with the doctor in the event that you or a senior loved one who is diabetic experiences any of these diabetes symptoms.
One of the key factors in effective diabetes management is incorporating healthy lifestyle changes. For instance:
- Watch your weight. Excess weight can make it harder to control blood sugar levels. The doctor can provide guidance on an optimal weight and BMI to strive for, along with assistance in creating a dietary and fitness plan to achieve and maintain those goals.
- Watch your numbers. Specifically, test your blood sugar levels at least two times each day, get regular A1c blood tests, and track your intake of carbs. Keep a running list of all of this information to watch for patterns or trends, such as spiking sugar levels when consuming too many carbs.
- Watch your sleeping habits. Getting plenty of sleep is crucial for diabetics. Those who sleep less tend to eat more, leading to weight gain and difficulty with regulating sugar levels. Aim for at least 7 hours of sleep each night, and stick to a set bedtime/wake time.
- Watch your stress levels. Stress can wreak havoc on your sugar levels. Include calming activities as part of your daily routine, even if for just a few minutes at a time to center yourself and shift your focus to positive and soothing thoughts. Try medication, prayer, or even just reading a few pages of a good book in the sunshine or while taking a warm bath.
Although a serious, chronic condition, with help, diabetes can be managed effectively. Hillendale Home Care provides the highest quality in-home care for older adults. We can assist diabetics with medication reminders, light housekeeping or errand running, healthy meal planning and preparation, and so much more – leading to a much better quality of life.