Understanding Diabetes: Hypoglycemia

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Elder Care in Aventura FL: Understanding Diabetes: Hypoglycemia

Elder Care in Aventura FL: Understanding Diabetes: Hypoglycemia

Being an effective family caregiver for an elderly adult who is living with a serious health issue such as diabetes means educating yourself, and knowing everything you can about the problems they could face as a part of this disease.

One issue is hypoglycemia. Often referred to as low blood sugar, hypoglycemia is something many people think of when they think about diabetes. While you may understand the concept of low blood sugar, it is important to understand what it has to do with diabetes, and how you can help your parent deal with this issue.  

It is normal for blood sugar levels to fluctuate several times throughout the day, but if the blood sugar drops too long, it can be very dangerous.

 

Symptoms can develop very quickly, and include: 

  • Shakiness 
  • Hunger 
  • Nausea 
  • Feeling anxious 
  • Feeling nervous 
  • Seizures 
  • Nightmares 
  • Increased rate of heartbeat 
  • Impaired vision 
  • Blurriness in the vision 
  • Headaches 
  • Tingling  
  • Irritability 
  • Impatience 
  • Clamminess 
  • Sweating or chills 
  • Paleness 
  • Clumsiness 
  • Confusion 

 

 

If your aging parent is feeling these symptoms, encourage them to check their glucose levels.

If it is low, utilize the “15-15” rule, which involves giving them 15 grams of simple carbohydrates, then waiting 15 minutes. If their levels are still low, they should have another 15 grams, and wait another 15 minutes. If your parent does not recover after that, or their symptoms are severe, it is important to get them some urgent medical care to protect your parent from potentially severe complications. Even if your aging parent recovers quickly from their low blood sugar issue, it is important to talk to their doctor about this event. This allows the entire team to discuss the issue, identify the cause of the event, and come up with strategies to help prevent it from happening again.  

 

Medication reminders can be extremely beneficial for an elderly adult who is living with a serious health problem such as diabetes.
An elder care provider can be with your aging parent on a customized schedule to ensure they manage their condition in the ways that are best for them, including offering reminders to help them stay compliant. Being compliant with prescriptions and instructions gives your aging parent the maximum benefit, and helps them to manage their condition in the best way possible. An elderly home care services provider can help your parent to remember when and how to take their medications, how to manage other treatment methods, and guidelines to follow. They can also support good lifestyle choices that will further help them manage their condition.  

 

If you or a family member are in need of Elder Care in Aventura, FL, call the caring professionals at Star Multi Care today at (954) 870-4770.
Providing service in Boca Raton, West Palm Beach, Delray Beach, Boynton Beach, Weston, Southwest Ranches, Pembroke Pines, Cooper City, Lighthouse Point, and Wilton Manors.

 

 Source:

Mayoclinic.org

 

About the author: Stephen Sternbach
Stephen Sternbach has been the Chairman of the Board of Directors, President, and Chief Executive Officer of Star Multi Care Services since 1987. After the sale of the New York and New Jersey operations of Star Multi Care Services, Sternbach brought the company private where he remains President and CEO of this newly developed $22M home healthcare company. With Sternbach at the helm, Star Multi Care Services employs more than 550 employees, in six offices throughout Florida, Pennsylvania, Ohio and New York. From 1978 to 1986, Sternbach was associated with Automated Data Processing, Inc. (“ADP”)–a provider of information services, where he held several marketing positions before becoming the Director of Sales. 1999-2008 Sternbach was an active participant on the Board of Directors for Proginet–a computer software company based in Garden City, New York. He also served on the Board of Trustees of the Long Island Chapter of the National Multiple Sclerosis Society from 1996-2002. In 1996, Stephen Sternbach was named “Entrepreneur of the Year” by Ernst & Young, Paine Webber and NASDAQ. Sternbach was also named in Crain’s New York Business Article, “40 Under 40” Successful Business Executives/Future Business Leaders in 1995. While maintaining a diversity of business and personal interests, Sternbach concentrated most of his efforts over the past 28 years towards continuously improving the quality of services delivered by the Star Multi Care Services’ family of companies. Stephen Sternbach holds a Master of Public Administration from Syracuse University – Maxwell School of Public Administration and a Bachelor of Arts in Industrial Relations and Personnel Administration from Ithaca College.