It’s Diabetes Awareness Week, and as a leading community care provider, many of the people we support are living with diabetes.

As well as support those living with the condition, we aim to raise awareness of it too.

But first, what is diabetes?

Diabetes is a condition that causes blood sugar levels to become too high, and there are two main types of diabetes; type 1 and type 2.

Type 2 diabetes is the most common variety, with more than 90% of adults living with diabetes, having type 2.

What is type 1 diabetes?

Type 1 diabetes is a lifelong condition where the body’s immune system simply destroys the cells that produce insulin.

What is type 2 diabetes?

Type 2 diabetes is a condition whereby the body does not produce enough insulin, or where the body’s cells do not react to insulin properly.

What are the symptoms of diabetes?

There are a variety of symptoms that people may experience across both types of diabetes. Symptoms can include:

  • Increased thirst and hunger
  • Frequent urination
  • Unintended weight loss
  • Fatigue
  • Blurred vision
  • Slow healing wounds
  • Recurring infections
  • A numb and tingling sensation in hands and feet
  • Areas of darkened skin, usually under the arms or on the neck

It’s important to seek the help, support and advice of a professional such as GP if you or a loved one are experiencing any of the symptoms.

How to reduce the risk of diabetes?

If you’re experiencing the symptoms of diabetes, or believe you are at risk of living with the condition, then you can request a HbA1c blood test.

You may be in the ‘prediabetes’ stage, or may simply be at risk due to other factors, however there are a number of things you can do to reduce the likelihood of developing diabetes.

The following will help reduce the risk of diabetes:

  • Get active – aim for 10,000 steps per day and at least 150 minutes per week of moderate exercise
  • Reduce your intake of foods high in fat sugar
  • Eat more fruit, vegetables and protein, as well as nuts and seeds
  • Avoid and reduce sugary drinks and alcohol

 

At Radis, we support many people living with diabetes in many ways, including Stan and Stephen.

Stan’s story:

Stan has been supported by Radis for three years and is insulin dependent due to living with type 1 diabetes.

In the early days of Stan’s diabetes diagnosis, it was difficult to keep under control and his ketone levels were up and down, and was having regular episodes of hypoglycemia – more commonly referred to as a ‘hypo’.

Through focus and determination from Stan, combined with the care provided by a Radis live-in carer and the complex care team, we managed to get his diabetes under control, allowing Stan to continue living in the comfort of his own home.

Cared for by our live-in services team, along with additional support from our complex team, we manage Stan’s ketone levels on a daily basis, working alongside the district nurses to ensure he receives the very best care to suit his needs.

As well as providing medical support and care, we manage Stan’s food and fluid intake to ensure that he has a balanced and nutritious diet.

 

Stephen’s story:

Stephen lives with type 2 diabetes and has been cared for by Radis for many years now, and is currently supported by our live-in care services.

The live-in carer has successfully worked with Stephen to manage his diabetes through diet and medication.

Enabling Stephen to access the community safely alongside preparing quality, balanced home cooked meals, his live-in carer ensures that Stephen can live a fulfilled and independent lifestyle.

Our care and support workers help those living with diabetes every day, providing services including live-in care, visiting care, supported living and complex care.

Aiding people with daily tasks, our care workers can help with the following:

  • Medication
  • Providing nutritious meals
  • Household tasks
  • Socialisation and company

 

If you or a loved one are living with diabetes and require support or care, contact our team today by emailing enquiries@radis.co.uk, or visit: https://www.radis.co.uk/our-services/.

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