25.8 million Americans have diabetes according to the American Diabetes Association. It’s a disease that can affect people of all ages, races and genders. HealthNow Healthcare trained professionals can tailor programs to help patients, including:
It is a chronic illness where the glucose levels in the blood are higher than normal and the pancreas doesn’t produce enough insulin to control it. Type 2 is the most commonly diagnosed form, usually in adulthood, however lifestyle factors are meaning that more teenagers are also being diagnosed with the disease. Gestational diabetes is when pregnant women who had not previously had the disease experience high blood sugar. Symptoms of diabetes can include thirst, fatigue, frequent urination, hunger, weight loss and blurry vision.
There is no cure for diabetes, but it can be managed through diet, exercise and medication. Maintaining a healthy weight is important, with a diet high in fruit, wholegrains and vegetables recommended for those with the disease. Thirty minutes of physical activity each day is necessary to manage weight, lower blood sugar levels and increase the body’s sensitivity to insulin. People with diabetes will need to monitor their blood sugar several times each day or each week, and some may need insulin therapy or other medications.
Healthnow Healthcare understand the challenges of living life with diabetes. The disease can require a healthy lifestyle change, management of blood sugar and insulin levels as well as regular doctor or hospital visits. Our highly trained and experienced professionals can help patients and their families with coping and managing the disease. Home healthcare practitioners can make in-home visits to provide healthcare and assist with treatment.