The Daily Personal Care Needs of a Chronic Type 1 Diabetic

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Posted: 11/14/2013 7:53 PM by Interim HealthCare

The daily personal care needs of people with Chronic Type 1 Diabetes involve constant upkeep. Simply stated, Type 1 Diabetes is a condition in which the body in unable to produce its own insulin, either entirely, or partially. The most basic way to treat Type 1 Diabetes is to administer insulin to the affected person, either by injection or by pump. In order to determine how much insulin they should take, diabetics must keep track of the carbohydrates they eat, as carbohydrates affect blood sugar, or glucose, levels. They must also monitor their blood sugar through regular blood tests. Treatment and monitoring is a part of their daily personal care routine, and must continue throughout their lives.

Most people with Type 1 Diabetes are otherwise quite healthy. However, those who have a hard time managing their chronic diabetes have a different experience. The presence of diabetes greatly increases the risk of many other conditions and diseases, such as:

  • Foot problems (which could lead to amputation)
  • Cardiovascular disease (such as heart disease and stroke)
  • Eye problems (trouble seeing, blindness)
  • Nerve damage
  • Kidney problems
  • Gum disease and teeth problems

Those who have difficult-to-manage forms of diabetes often experience these other problems, too. All diabetics have to take extra care and pay special attention to those things, and report any changes or concerns to their doctor. In addition to blood sugar, they should often monitor blood pressure and check their feet for cuts, blisters, swelling, and red spots. They need to be sure to take any necessary medication, along with their insulin.

There are many personal care issues that everyone must pay attention to in order to be healthy: food/diet, exercise, weight, stress management, no smoking, teeth and gum care, and mental health. Those with Type 1 Diabetes have to pay special attention to those things. While a healthy person may be able to splurge on high-sugar foods frequently without any immediately noticeable consequences, an indulgence, even if only occasional, can be particularly detrimental to a diabetic. If necessary, an in-home care professional can help with the monitoring and care of a Type 1 Diabetic.

If you need personal care assistance in Mooresville NC or would simply like more information, contact us at Interim HealthCare of the Carolinas. We provide professional care services to meet your unique needs. We’re available 24 hours a day to assist you!

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