Approximately 3 and a half million people are diagnosed with diabetes in the UK, with a further half million believed to be living undiagnosed. This equates to roughly 1 in 16 people, meaning it’s likely that, as a carer, you will come across people living with the condition; as such, it is important to know how to help care for them should they require it. This article outlines what diabetes is, and explains how diabetic patient care can ensure they live a relatively normal life. Continue reading “Diabetic Patient Care – A guide for carers with diabetes symptoms”
Prior to exploring the functional changes that accompany a diagnosis of diabetes, it is wise to understand what diabetes is, to explain the different types that exist, and what can cause this disease.
Diabetes is a disease of the body that occurs when one’s blood glucose (commonly called blood sugar) is elevated. As the main source of energy in our body, blood glucose is extracted from the food we eat and is used to power our brain and body throughout the day. Continue reading “Diabetes and diabetic pathophysiology”
Diabetes is a serious medical condition that causes the amount of sugar in your blood to become too high. This sugar is what your body burns for fuel, and to do that, it needs a hormone named insulin to transfer that sugar from your blood into the cells of your muscles and organs. When your body is unable to use its insulin well, or make enough insulin, the sugar you get from your food stays in your blood, which starves your cells of energy. Diabetes comes in two varieties, type I and type II. Continue reading “Diabetes Basics – Type I and type II information”