Diabetes is a chronic disease in which the levels of glucose, or sugar, in the blood are higher/lower than they should be, and there is not enough insulin, a hormone produced by the pancreas, to control it. The disease can be caused by too little insulin, a resistance to insulin or both.
Diabetes is a widespread disease that affects people of all ages, races and genders across the U.S. According to the American Diabetes Association, about 25.8 million Americans have diabetes, which makes up 8.3 percent of the country’s population.
At New Century Home Health Care, we believe the healing process is quicker in the comfort of one’s home where you feel more at ease and secure when surrounded by loved ones in a familiar setting. We bring the highest level of service into the home with compassionate care and understanding.
Our team of Skilled Nurses, Physical Therapists, Occupational Therapists, Speech Therapists, Medical Social Worker, and Certified Home Health Aides closely work and coordinate with our patients’ physicians to address our patient’s individual needs. Our highly qualified clinical team’s mission is to provide the most patient-focused home healthcare services available.
Type 1 Diabetes can occur at any age, but is most often diagnosed in children, teens or young adults whose bodies make small amounts of insulin or none at all.
Type 2 Diabetes is the most frequently diagnosed, typically during adulthood. However, it is being increasingly diagnosed in teens and young adults because of high obesity rates.
While there is currently no cure for diabetes, the disease can be effectively managed with medications, a healthy balanced diet and regular exercise.
An important part of treatment is maintaining a healthy weight. Although there is no typical or strict “diet,” it is recommended to eat foods that are high in nutrition and low in calories – like fruits, whole grains and vegetables.
Physical activity is also a must to manage weight, lower blood sugar levels and increase the body’s sensitivity to insulin.
People with diabetes should aim for at least 30 minutes of aerobic activity most days of the week.
Medications and monitoring of blood sugar levels will be a part of life for people with diabetes.
Depending on the condition, blood sugar should be monitored several times a day or several times a week. In addition, many people need insulin therapy throughout the day or may need to take other oral or injected medications to manage the condition.
At New Century Home Health we understand that living with diabetes may be challenging. From a healthy lifestyle to managing blood sugar and insulin levels, the disease may require extra care outside regular visits to the doctor or after a stay in the hospital.
New Century Home Health has experience in helping individuals and their families live with diabetes. Our home healthcare professionals can visit people with diabetes in their homes or at assisted living communities to provide care or supplement care.
If you are looking for Diabetes Home Care services near you, New Century Home Health Care’s skilled professional caregivers have extensive experience caring for seniors. Contact us today to get your questions answered.