DiabetesCaregiver Assistance Tips
1. Set insulin check and medication reminders
2. Encourage a healthy lifestyle
There are two different types of diabetes. Type 1 diabetes is usually diagnosed in children and young adults. Type 2 diabetes is the most common form of diabetes and occurs when your body does not use insulin properly. Both are very maintainable conditions and do not need to control your life. Below is more information from diabetes.org to help explain more about each type.
Type 1 Diabetes
Living with Type 1 Diabetes requires you to manage your blood glucose and manage your insulin levels. Exercise, nutrition, and support are three key ways in which this is completed.
A diagnosis of type 1 diabetes means your pancrease is no longer capable of producing insulin. Syringes, an insulin pump and insulin pens are common ways you can monitor your blood glucose levels and appropriately administer insulin to your body.
Exercise is also a key component of proper diabetes care. Along with all of the other benefits you will receive from being active, your diabetes will also respond in kind with more stable blood glucose levels
Nutrition is one of the most important pieces of the diabetes puzzle. Understanding how different foods affect your blood glucose and learning to develop solid meal plans (with the help of your doctor) is a crucial part of your daily routine and diabetes care.
Type 2 Diabetes
Type 2 diabetes is developed. Scientists do not know the exact cause of type 2 diabetes but risk factors include:
- History of hyperglycemia, prediabetes, and/or gestational diabetes (GDM)
- Overweight and obesity
- Physical inactivity
- Family history
- Race and ethnicity
- High blood pressure
- Abnormal cholesterol