World Diabetes Day 2021

It is nearly 100 years since the first successful, and life-changing, injection of insulin. This World Diabetes Day, November 14th 2021, is about raising awareness of the condition and making sure that those with the condition get access to the help and treatment options they need.

Many people around the world are still not able to get access to the insulin they need or the access to self-monitoring tools for blood sugars, which can lead to serious health issues. Others are unable to access healthy food or have a safe space to exercise. These are the issues that World Diabetes Day aims to raise.

What is diabetes?

Diabetes is a condition affecting 463 million people worldwide and 3 out of four of those with diabetes live in middle to low-income countries. It affects how people turn food into energy – it means that blood sugar is too high and the body doesn’t produce enough insulin to regulate it.

There are two types: Type One and Type Two. Type One diabetes is a genetic condition that shows up early in life – which is generally controlled using injected insulin to help regulate blood sugar. In T1 diabetes, the body’s immune system attacks the insulin producing cells in the pancreas.

Type Two diabetes tends to be linked to diet and develops over time. There is no cure for T2 diabetes but an improved diet and exercise can help, as can medications and insulin therapy.

How does diabetes affect people?

Diabetes can cause many different issues, both physical and emotional. Living with diabetes can be difficult and there are lots of things to consider. Diabetes UK provides some great resources. Overtime, high blood sugar can lead to problems with the feet, heart, eyes, teeth, nerves and kidneys.

What can be done to help?

For older people especially it is important to monitor food and fluids. It is important to ensure you eat well and a variety of foods, as it can lead to episodes of low blood glucose or Hypos. Getting enough fluid and keeping active is really important as exercise can improve insulin sensitivity.

It is important to monitor conditions associated with diabetes like foot problems so these do not lead to ill health.

How Good Oaks Can help

Good Oaks Home Care provides live-in and visiting care to help people live independent lives in their own homes for as long as possible. All our carers are trained to the highest standard. There are lots of ways Good Oaks Home Care carers can help you or your loved one live an independent and dignified life. To find out more, visit goodoakshomecare.co.uk

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