Keep Home Sweet Home for Your Diabetic
First and foremost, every person living with diabetes should have what they need to be successful. But most of them would like to stay in their own Home sweet home. “Diabetes is a complex disease. Managing it effectively is not a one-size-fits-all endeavor. The American Diabetes Association believes that every person living with diabetes should have access to the care, treatments, tools and information needed to successfully manage their diabetes.” ADA The Electronic Caregiver Company agrees! Our system puts in place a safety net both with our medication reminders and our emergency response systems.
Diabetes and the Elderly
Secondly, did you know that diabetes disproportionately affects older adults? “Approximately 25% of Americans over the age of 60 years have diabetes, and aging of the U.S. population is widely acknowledged as one of the drivers of the diabetes epidemic. Although the burden of diabetes is often described in terms of its impact on working-aged adults, the disease also affects longevity, functional status, and risk of institutionalization for older patients.” Ram Pathak, MD, FACE, FACP. Severe hypoglycemia can have more serious health consequences for older individuals. Elderly people who become dizzy from low blood glucose are at risk for falls and fractures. Hypoglycemia also increases their risk of having a stroke or heart attack. Another concern: Cognitive issues, such as slower thought processes, may keep older adults who live alone from quickly treating a low. The challenges of diabetes combined with aging is the perfect storm for falls, unattended injuries and worse.
Symptoms can become intense
You may have felt the rapid heartbeat, sweating, and shaking that are typical of a bout of low blood glucose, or hypoglycemia. Hopefully you grabbed four glucose tablets or a package of glucose gel and moved on with your day. But for people who experience severe hypoglycemia, a low blood glucose level that requires the help of another, the situation can turn dangerous quickly.” says Dr. Ram Pathak, MD, FACE, FACP, chair of the Department of Endocrinology and director of the Diabetes Education Program at Marshfield Clinic in Marshfield, Wisconsin. Most significantly, a diabetic coma is a medical emergency. If you feel extreme high or low blood sugar signs or symptoms and think you might pass out, call 911 or your local emergency number. If you're with someone with diabetes who has passed out, call for emergency help, and be sure to let the emergency personnel know that the unconscious person has diabetes.
Living alone with Diabetes
In a study, Dr. Ram Pathak MD, FACE, FACP and his colleagues examined the risks of severe hypoglycemia in nearly 1 million people with diabetes who were treated in a hospital for the condition between 2005 and 2011. They found that participants with certain complications, such as kidney and heart disease, had greater rates of severe hypoglycemia than participants without those conditions. The study findings, published in the March 2016 issue of Diabetes Care, also suggest that people with diabetes may experience episodes of severe hypoglycemia more frequently than previously thought. These episodes can be dangerous, especially if the person is alone. Don’t let being alone add to the injury and devastating results. Call us. We can help manage your medication schedules, provide gentle reminders of your appointments, and with us, especially in an emergency, you are never, ever alone. We can help protect you even in your own home sweet home. Finally, test your levels. Follow Doctors orders. Stay in touch with your friends and family. Buy an Electronic Caregiver and get in charge of your life and your diabetes. You can do this. You can. Do. This.