Comfort Health | Rochester, MN Home Health Care including diabetes care, therapy services, and more!
If you or a loved one are among the nearly 26 million people in the United States who have diabetes, the caring folks at Comfort Health can help you manage it. Our Rochester, MN diabetes care and Diabetes Management Program is designed to educate you on the disease and to provide hands-on instruction so that you can manage your condition as independently as possible. Diabetes is the seventh leading cause of death in this country, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. With diabetes, blood glucose levels are above normal. Most of the food we eat is turned into glucose, or sugar, for our bodies to use for energy. The pancreas makes insulin, which helps glucose get into the cells of our bodies. When you have diabetes, your body either doesn’t make enough insulin or it can’t use its own insulin as well as it should. This causes sugar to build up in the blood, often leading to very serious complications, including heart disease, stroke, blindness, kidney failure and lower-extremity amputations.
Early detection and treatment of diabetes can decrease the risk of developing the complications of the disease. According to the American Diabetes Association, symptoms can include frequent urination, excessive thirst, extreme hunger, extreme fatigue, sudden vision changes, cuts and bruises that are slow to heal, very dry skin, unexplained weight loss, and tingling, pain or numbness in the hands or feet.
There are different types of diabetes, including Type 1, Type 2, and Gestational. Risk factors for type 2 diabetes include older age, obesity, family history of diabetes, a prior history of gestational diabetes, impaired glucose tolerance, physical inactivity and race/ethnicity. Risk factors are less well defined for type 1 diabetes, but autoimmune, genetic and environmental factors are involved in developing this type. Type 1 diabetes usually strikes children and young adults, although onset can occur at any age.
To survive, people with type 1 diabetes must have insulin delivered by injection or a pump. Healthy eating, physical activity, and blood glucose testing are the basic therapies for type 2 diabetes. Many people with type 2 diabetes also require oral medication, insulin, or both to control their blood glucose levels.
The good news is that people with diabetes, working together with their support network and health care providers, can take steps to control the disease and lower the risk of complications. Our Diabetes Management Program includes the following components: skilled nursing assessment, diabetes and nutritional education, instruction on how to monitor and record blood glucose levels, detailed instructions on how to draw-up and administer insulin, instructions and assistance with oral medication management and foot/skin care education and instruction.
If you or a love one desires help in managing diabetes with Comfort Health diabetes care, please call us today at 800-204-2332.