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Common Diabetes Complications and How to Manage Them

Diabetes affects 37 million people in the United States. And among them, senior adults are the most vulnerable to developing complications.

As a chronic illness, diabetes carries a variety of comorbidities that can limit your loved one’s quality of life. You need to know what they are and what you can do to reduce your loved one’s risk.

Here is a list showing some of them:


Also called high blood pressure, it’s caused by diabetes affecting the circulation of blood through the body. Leave it unchecked, and it can raise your loved one’s risk of more serious conditions like stroke.

Your loved one’s blood pressure must be monitored regularly. Also, reducing the amount of salt in their diet is vital.

Nerve Pain

Diabetes can destroy nerve cells, leading to irritating or downright debilitating sensations of numbness, prickling, or burning. Cutting your loved one’s intake of sugar can help. But for the pain your loved one feels right now, you can talk to their provider about possible therapies for relief. Massages may be helpful.

Urinary Incontinence

Since diabetes damages the nerves, it can make processes like peeing harder to control. Most diabetes patients complain about regular or uncontrollable urination. These are not only inconvenient but also possible causes of bathroom accidents and urinary tract infection.

For incontinence, adult diapers can help reduce messes and the need for abrupt bathroom breaks. There are also specific interventions for urinary incontinence that you can learn about from their healthcare provider. This will take some encouraging for your loved one, but remind them that it’s for their well-being.

Managing these complications is easier when you have a reliable caregiver by your side. Call Lowenhill Home Care Services to learn how we help diabetes patients take care of themselves better.

Why Home Care Is So Helpful for Diabetes Patients

In the last two decades, the United States has seen skyrocketing numbers of adults diagnosed with diabetes. In fact, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention states that they have doubled as more people have aged and become overweight.

Diabetes is the 7th leading cause of mortality among seniors. It also makes patients spend twice as much on medical care as those who do not have it. It’s only wise for patients to seek support to avoid such costs and increase their quality of life.

It’s a good thing we have in-home care.

For those who are new to home care services, these provide senior adults who have chronic conditions with companions who help them with daily living activities. They work to help their clients stay at home living the life they want despite their health issues.

Why is home care a great option for your loved one with diabetes? Here are the reasons why:

  • It helps them deal with vision and mobility problems.
  • When diabetes becomes serious, it can cause amputation or vision loss. Caregivers provide patients suffering from these issues with constant guidance as they move indoors and outdoors. This helps them avoid accidents and pursue daily activities without worry.

  • It helps them follow care plans.
  • To keep diabetes from causing debilitating issues, patients will receive care plans from their physicians. These can be overwhelming for them. Fortunately, caregivers serve as extra eyes, ears, and hands that can help them follow and maintain prescribed routines, like dieting, exercise, and taking medication.

  • It makes medication management easier.
  • Following the previous point, seniors who struggle with diabetes prescriptions can rest easy with caregivers. They assist with medication monitoring, measuring blood sugar levels, and even lend a hand when a health emergency strikes.

These are just a few of the benefits seniors with diabetes can enjoy with home care. To arrange services for your loved one, call Lowenhill Home Care Services today.

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Lowenhill Home Care Services strives to provide individually focused home and community based services that achieves best practice and quality care for participant and family satisfaction. It is our mission to provide you with all of the quality non-medical in-home care that you and your family need.

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