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How to Know if You Have Pre-Diabetes & What You Can Do About It

professional Phoenix caregivers If you were at risk for a serious chronic illness like diabetes, chances are you’d know it, right? Turns out, you might not. According to the CDC, one in three Americans has pre-diabetes, and most, 90% in fact, don’t even know it. Because November is National Diabetes Month, our professional Phoenix caregivers want to give you the heads up on how to know if you have pre-diabetes and what you can do about it if you do.

What is pre-diabetes?

Because it often doesn’t present with any symptoms, many people don’t know that pre-diabetes exists or how serious it is to their health. In fact, pre-diabetes frequently goes undetected for years until a person experiences a major health problem caused by elevated blood sugar levels that put the person at increased risk for type 2 diabetes, heart disease and stroke. So, how can you know if you’re at risk for pre-diabetes?

It’s important to talk to your doctor about your risk for pre-diabetes, but certain lifestyle and hereditary factors can increase your risk, including:

  • Being overweight or obese
  • Being 45 years or older
  • Lack of physical activity
  • Having a close family member (parent or sibling) with type 2 diabetes
  • A previous diagnosis of gestational diabetes (diabetes during pregnancy)
  • Being of African American, Hispanic/Latino American, Native American, Pacific Islander, and/or Asian American race

What can you do now to prevent diabetes?

If you have pre-diabetes or are at risk for the disease, there is good news. The steps for prevention are basic, healthy lifestyle choices that you can start making now.

Step 1: Start exercising. A simple thirty minutes a day, five times a week of brisk walking or a similar activity is recommended to help increase your physical activity.

Step 2: Reduce your weight if you are overweight. A modest weight loss of five to seven percent can make a significant difference.

Step 3: Eat better and smarter to help lower blood sugar. Eat a variety of foods—particularly whole grains and fruits and vegetables, limit serving sizes so you don’t overeat and eat regular meals and small snacks.

Step 4: Find support. Making lifestyle changes to support your health, while important, can often feel daunting, so it’s vital to find support to help keep you on the healthy path. Nightingale’s professional Phoenix caregivers can help support your healthy lifestyle changes by shopping for and preparing nutritious meals that meet your unique dietary needs and encouraging and supporting you in exercise programs recommended by your doctor.

Additionally, our Pathlink Chronic Disease Management program is known for improving outcomes and decreasing re-hospitalizations for patients with a wide variety of chronic conditions, including diabetes, through improved health literacy, self-management skills, and more.

If you or a loved one has pre-diabetes, our dedicated Phoenix caregivers can help. Call us at (602) 504-1555, or contact us online to let us know how we can help, and we’ll be in touch with you as soon as possible.

Talking Turkey About Common Diabetes Myths with Nightingale Homecare

Nightingale Home CareA diabetes diagnosis is life-changing, no doubt about it. But it’s also fraught with myths that well-meaning friends and family members will likely be quick to offer up as advice. With the season of holiday eating upon us, and since food often plays the lead role in those myths, we at Nightingale Homecare want to arm diabetics, and those who care for them, with the true facts about diabetes:

  1. Sweets, in moderation, are ok. According to the American Diabetes Association, a limited amount of sweets, in conjunction with a healthy diet, are just fine for those with type 2 diabetes.
  2. Excessive sugar does not cause diabetes. Its cause is genetic, combined with lifestyle choices – meaning someone who is obese is certainly more at risk for developing type 2 diabetes, but blood sugar isn’t the same as the refined white sugar we’re stirring into our coffee. Too much sugar can result in someone gaining weight, but we can’t place the blame for diabetes on it.
  3. Insulin is not just for diabetics. We all need insulin – it’s just that those with diabetes are either not producing enough insulin naturally through the pancreas, or are not able to process it correctly.
  4. Complications from diabetes are not inevitable. The key is managing blood sugar levels and remaining under the regular care of a physician.
  5. People of all weights can be diagnosed with diabetes. Diabetes is often considered to affect only those who are overweight, but, particularly for older adults, obesity doesn’t come into play.

Most importantly, those with diabetes should be encouraged in knowing that in spite of the long-term nature of the disease and its potential complications, those with diabetes can live normal, active, fulfilling lives. And, the professionals at Nightingale Homecare are here to help seniors with diabetes do just that!

The services we offer run the gamut from companionship and help around the house to complex medical care by our highly trained nursing staff, including:

  • Infusion services (IV antibiotics and fluids, pain management, nutrition and more)
  • Ventilator/respiratory services (oxygen, tracheotomy care, BiPAP, CPAP and more)
  • Wound care and blood draws
  • Training on management of chronic illnesses
  • Blood draws
  • Tube feedings and stoma care – and much more

Contact the most trusted Phoenix senior care specialists at Nightingale Homecare for a free in-home assessment and to have any questions answered by our professional care team. Call us at 602-504-1555, or simply complete our online contact form and we’ll be back in touch with you soon.

Posted in Blog, Senior Health on November 11th, 2016 · Comments Off on Talking Turkey About Common Diabetes Myths with Nightingale Homecare