Morning blood sugar, pre-meal blood sugar, counting carbs. HbA1c, blood pressure, how many carbs were in that sandwich again? Diabetes can feel like a never-ending stream of numbers for individuals living with the condition. And some days, they just don’t add up.
Diabetes is a chronic condition that affects millions of people worldwide, and its prevalence is steadily increasing.
What is Diabetes?
Diabetes is a metabolic disorder characterized by high blood sugar levels. Type 1 diabetes results from the inability of the pancreas to produce insulin, while type 2 diabetes occurs when the body cannot effectively use or produce enough insulin.
Diabetes is one of the most common conditions among the elderly, affecting 1 in 4 people over the age of 65 in the UK.
Managing diabetes requires a multifaceted approach that includes medical interventions, lifestyle modifications, and ongoing support.
The Role of Social Care in Diabetes Management
While medical care is vital, diabetes management extends beyond medication and healthcare appointments. It requires a holistic approach that encompasses various aspects of an individual’s life, including emotional well-being, education, lifestyle modifications, and social support. This is where social care becomes an indispensable component in the fight against the condition.