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Care of a diabetic patient: Lifestyle modification and Medications

BY: Deena David | Category: Health and Fitness | Post Date: 2009-08-19

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Diabetes is a disease that is linked to various factors. Diabetes is linked to the nutrition that the person takes. Diabetes is also linked to the lifestyle of the individual. Diabetes can also be linked to the family history of the presence of diabetes. When a comprehensive care is planned for the patient by a health worker or when the diabetic patient themselves want to take appropriate measures to control the diabetes and lead a normal healthy lifestyle, all the factors mentioned above have to be addressed.

This article explains how a patient can take comprehensive care of the disease and be healthy.

Risk factors addressed:

The first step in a comprehensive care for a diabetic patient is to address the risk factors that the patient has and modify them. Risk factor modification is a very important part of the care of a heart patient and in preventing further problems in heart patients. This has not really caught on in diabetic patients, though it is a very important factor that needs to be addressed.

The various risk factors associated with diabetic patients are:

1. Nutrition / Increased calorie intake:
There is a wrong perception in diabetics that not eating sugar and sweets will be enough to cure diabetes. Actually this is far from the truth. Eating sugar is obviously not good, but the other food intake should also be controlled. The total amount of calories that were eaten is what is more important. A balanced nutrition is very important for a diabetic patient. Pacing the food intake to prevent hypoglycaemia and also eating food that contains all nutrients is very important.

2. Exercise: Exercise is a very important factor in treating and caring for a patient with diabetes. The diabetic patient should walk at least for thirty to forty five minutes every day. This will help to expend the calories that were taken in as part of the food. Strenuous exercises should be avoided as they can cause hypoglycaemia. Fasting should be avoided to prevent hypoglycaemia and feasting should be avoided to prevent hyperglycaemia. Younger people can do a little bit of jogging and other exercises. Obesity should be avoided as this can cause increased risk of further problems in diabetic patients.

3. Medications: The medications that are prescribed by the physician should be taken. The person on treatment should not modify the treatment without consultation without the physician. There should not be an increased intake of medicines as this can cause hypoglycaemia initially. It can also cause the patient to go into coma and finally end up in death of the patient. So excessive medications in diabetes should be avoided. Even when the person has spells of fainting, the physician should be consulted immediately as the fainting could be because of increased dosage of the medications.

These are the major lifestyle modifications that need to be addressed in a patient with diabetes. This will help to prevent further complications and also provide for adequate care for a diabetic patient.

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About Author / Additional Info: I have completed my Masters Degree in Paediatric Nursing. I am a writer with a passion for writing. I have been writing for some blogs and other sites. Comments are welcome at the following e mail address: deenaanddavid@gmail.com

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