As a family caregiver, your goal is to help your aging parent manage any health challenges and complications that they are suffering with in the way that is right for them. This means ensuring that they get the level of care that they need and deserve in order to cope with the challenges that come with their condition, remain as healthy as possible, and maintain a lifestyle that is as fulfilling as possible. Unfortunately, myths and misconceptions about health conditions such as diabetes can make it more difficult for your parent to pursue the proper management of the disease, or for you as their family caregiver to give them the care that they need. By understanding the myths and the truth associated with them, you can make sure that they are not influencing the care that you give to your parents, or the care and management that your parent pursues.
Some myths about diabetes that may be harmful to your parents management of their disease include:
- All overweight or obese people will eventually develop diabetes. Though being overweight or obese is a leading risk factor for the development of diabetes, it is not the only factor. Not everyone who is overweight or obese will eventually develop this disease, and not only those who are overweight or obese develop it. Your aging parent could be at risk of developing the disease or develop it even if they are at a normal weight. This makes it important that you do not ignore the potential that they are suffering diabetes if you do not perceive them as being overweight. It is also important in that if you do not consider diabetes, eventuality, this could stop you from giving your parent care and support that could stop them from developing it and experiencing the potentially devastating consequences associated with it
- Diabetes is not very serious. Some people believe that diabetes is only a minor disease or mostly a nuisance. This is not the case. While some people who are living with diabetes only experience mild symptoms and have the disease well-controlled, diabetes can be a very serious and have devastating consequences. In fact, diabetes is the seventh leading cause of death and contributes to more than 300,000 deaths throughout the United States each year. Diabetes can also lead to a wide variety of complications including nerve damage, cardiovascular disease, increased risk for stroke, and the need for amputation of feet
- People who have diabetes must eat very strict diets that eliminate sweets, starches, and fruit. Diabetes is a disease that deals with issues of blood sugar and insulin. What your parents eats and drinks make a tremendous impact on their condition and how they are able to manage it. This does not mean, however, that they have to live their lives and depriving themselves of all of the foods and beverages that they enjoy. While most doctors will recommend that those with diabetes avoid eating large amounts of sugar and carbohydrates, including fruit, if your parent is careful with meal planning and keeps track of the nutrients that they consume, they can still enjoy small to moderate amount of all types of foods.
Starting senior care can be one of the best decisions that you can make for your aging parent during the course of your caregiver journey for them. An in-home senior care services provider can be with your aging parent on a fully customized schedule to ensure that they have access to the level of care, support,
and assistance that is right for their individual needs. This means that they will be able to manage their challenges and limitations in the way that is right for them so that they are able to live a lifestyle that is as fulfilling, active, and independent as possible as they age in place. As their family caregiver, this can give you tremendous peace of mind knowing that they are in the best hands both when you are able to be with them and when you are not.
IF YOU OR AN AGING SENIOR ARE CONSIDERING SENIOR HOME CARE IN BOISE, ID, PLEASE CONTACT THE CARING STAFF AT HOME HELPERS HOME CARE OF BOISE. CALL US: (208) 322-2668.
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