Diabetes is a serious disease that affects millions of Americans young and old alike, and a condition that home health and hospice care givers deal with frequently. Diabetes affects the body’s ability to make or process insulin requiring blood sugar levels to be checked continually. Uncontrolled diabetes can cause eye, kidney and nerve damage, as well as double the risk for heart disease and stroke.
Controlling diabetes is an area where Home Health can contribute a great deal. Team nurses monitor patients’ vitals and blood sugar levels closely for improved disease management. Better glucose regulation increases quality of life for older adults afflicted with diabetes.
Stay at the top of your referral network’s list this fall with an ample supply of our customized diabetes flyers and brochures for their patients. Our disease specific brochures and flyers are designed to educate your patient community while promoting your agency and services.
Indicators of Diabetes
Consecutive blood glucose tests that are equal to or greater than 126 mg/dL.
A blood glucose that is greater than 200 mg/dL.
An A1c test that is equal to or greater than 6.5%.
Types of Diabetes
Prediabetes is the condition when the blood sugar levels are higher than normal but not high enough to be considered diabetes. The CDC estimates that 84 million Americans have this condition.
Type 1 diabetes is the condition where the pancreas can no longer produce insulin. About 5% of diagnosed diabetics have Type 1.
Type 2 diabetes is the condition where the pancreases cannot produce enough insulin or the body can not properly process it. This is the most common type of diabetes affecting 95% of those diagnosed.
Gestational Diabetes is an insulin deficiency condition that affects between 2% and 10% of pregnant women every year. Having this condition can increase the risk of developing Type 2 diabetes late in life.
This November the focus for National Diabetes Month will be “Promoting Health After Gestational Diabetes”. Use your resources to help raise awareness among women with a history of gestational diabetes. Women who have experienced gestational diabetes should:
Get tested for type 2 diabetes within 3 months of giving birth.
Discuss any future plans to become pregnant with your doctor.
Tell your child’s pediatrician if you had gestational diabetes.
Maintain healthy eating habits and moderate regular exercise to prevent or delay developing type 2 diabetes.
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