Diabetes is a disease that affects a person’s ability to convert carbohydrates into energy.
With the help of the hormone insulin, the carbohydrates that make up a percentage of a person’s diet is converted into glucose as the body breaks down the food. Typically, the pancreas knows exactly how much insulin is needed to keep this body system running smoothly, but when someone has diabetes, this indispensable process is interrupted. People with diabetes need to make sure that they are getting the insulin they need to ensure that glucose enters their bodies, granting them with essential fuel. Guardian Angel Carers can support a person with diabetes by making sure they are taking the insulin they need, when they need it; as well, our CareAngels can tend to chores and household tasks that may be difficult to accomplish when the demands of this medical condition feel like too much.
One way to understand being diabetic is to see the condition as one that affects a person who has too much sugar in his or her blood.
There are different types of diabetes, and most people who are diabetic have either Type 1 or Type 2 diabetes. Other kinds of diabetes do exist, and all forms of diabetes means that a person’s blood sugar, or glucose, is having problems entering a person’s cells in a way that provides that person with energy. This problem is due to a lack of insulin, which is a hormone produced by the pancreas.
Diabetes is a serious concern because all bodies need insulin to live; without insulin, the body can’t access glucose, which is the main source of fuel for the body. Diabetes is also called a metabolic disorder because it impacts a body’s metabolism, or the way a body digests and uses food for growth and energy.
The origins of type 1 diabetes are unknown.
It is considered an auto-immune disorder, because the body of a person with type 1 diabetes attacks and destroys the cells in the body that produce insulin. The pancreas is the only organ in the body that produces insulin, so a person with type 1 diabetes is unable to produce the insulin he or she needs to live. Anyone with type 1 diabetes must take insulin daily to stay alive. Medical scientists do not yet know what exactly causes type 1 diabetes; some believe that genetic and environmental factors may play a role in the occurrence of this disorder. Children and young adults often develop signs of type 1 diabetes, but these signs can appear in people of any age.
Symptoms of type 1 diabetes can appear suddenly. They include:
- weight loss despite a feeling of constant hunger
- blurred vision
In the UK, most people with diabetes have Type 2 diabetes, which is a preventable disorder. Type 2 diabetes means that the bodies of persons with diabetes are unable to produce enough of the insulin that they need to absorb the glucose, or sugar, in their blood; in some cases, the persons with diabetes find that their cells don’t react to the insulin they do produce, which is another distinguishing characteristic of Type 2 diabetes. Type 2 diabetes is linked with risk factors like older age, obesity, a lack of physical activity, and a family history of diabetes.
Symptoms of type 2 diabetes come on gradually, and some people report no symptoms at all. When symptoms do appear, they may include:
- intense thirst
- frequent urination
- frequent infection or the appearance of sores
- blurred vision
- weight loss
Guardian Angel Carers are skilled in helping people with diabetes manage the insulin and other medications on which they depend, which is of utmost importance in this particular medical scenario. Our CareAngels can follow a schedule that involves daily visits at mealtimes or any other previously discussed routine. As well, if live-in home care is a better option, we can work with you to decide how best to ensure your loved one receives the assistance needed to live comfortably and confidently, at home.
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