The term “diabetes mellitus” refers to a group of diseases that affect how your body uses blood glucose, commonly called blood sugar. Glucose is vital to your health because it’s an important source of energy for the cells that make up your muscles and tissues. It’s your brain’s main source of fuel. If you have diabetes, no matter what type, it means you have too much glucose in your blood, although the reasons may differ. Too much glucose can lead to serious health problems.
Chronic diabetes conditions include type 1 diabetes and type 2 diabetes. Potentially reversible diabetes conditions include prediabetes — when your blood sugar levels are higher than normal, but not high enough to be classified as diabetes — and gestational diabetes, which occurs during pregnancy.
If you or loved one has diabetes, the body is not producing enough insulin, or perhaps the body is not responding well to insulin–a key hormone. Insulin helps insures the body moves glucose from the foods we eat into the cells for fuel (energy). Some of the symptoms of uncontrolled diabetes are fatigue to increased thirst and urination to slow wound healing.
A caregiver from HCS Home Care can assist in managing the diabetes and can help reduce the risk of long-term complications, such as heart disease, stroke, kidney or nerve damage and vision problems. In order to get diabetes under control, you will need to consider a number of important factors, including adjusting your day to day lifestyle, diligently monitoring your blood sugar, and taking timely medications effectively. HCS Home Care is here to help you with all of the important necessary steps involved in managing diabetes, so you or your family member can feel better and reduce the risk of long-term consequences.