What is Diabetes
Diabetes is a health condition that occurs when there is a high level of glucose in the blood because the body has not been able to use it properly. If untreated, it can cause some very serious health issues.
Over 371 million people right across the globe are suffering from diabetes, and 187 million are unaware they have the condition. 11.9 million people in the UK are at an increased risk of developing diabetes.
Care Home Residents with Diabetes
In care homes, diabetes presents an increasing health and economic challenge. As many as one in four residents of care homes in England are estimated to have diabetes. Residents with diabetes have a high prevalence of vascular complications, are more susceptible to infections, and are more likely to be hospitalised compared to people with diabetes who are still able to live independently.
Types of Diabetes
Type 1 – where the body’s immune system attacks and destroys the cells that produce insulin.
Type 2 – where the body doesn’t produce enough insulin, or the body’s cells don’t react to insulin.
Type 2 diabetes is far more common than type 1. In the UK, around 90% of all adults with diabetes have type 2.
Urinating more frequently than usual, particularly at night
Feeling very tired
Weight loss and loss of muscle bulk
Itching around the penis or vagina, or frequent episodes of thrush
Cuts or wounds that heal slowly
Living with Diabetes
If you’re diagnosed with diabetes, you’ll need to eat healthily, take regular exercise and carry out regular blood tests to ensure your blood glucose levels stay balanced. You can use the BMI healthy weight calculator to check whether you’re a healthy weight.
People diagnosed with type 1 diabetes also require regular insulin injections for the rest of their life. As type 2 diabetes is a progressive condition, medication may eventually be required, usually in the form of tablets.
Contact our customer service team today to discuss our range of glucose testing equipment and replacement strips for your care home.
Diabetes UK (2010). Good Clinical Practice Guidelines for Care Home Residents with Diabetes