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8 Tips to help your Diabetic Residents

By Heather Brown
November 27, 2014

Everyone probably knows someone who is diabetic, whether it is yourself, a friend, an employee or even a resident.  However, I recently received a request to discuss diabetes from an insured and I felt they had some very valid concerns. After doing some research on MayoClinic.com and the American Diabetes Association’s website, I felt it was important to share these 8 helpful tips to help your residents avoid diabetes complications:

  1.     Have Residents Make Routine Visits to their Doctor – Make sure they see their doctor and healthcare team regularly to help monitor their diabetes and to help create regime to help get their diabetes under control.
  2. Monitor your resident’s Blood Pressure and cholesterol High blood pressure and cholesterol can weaken the blood vessels and increase the chance of cardiovascular disease, stroke, and heart attacks.  Combined with diabetes increases the chances even more.
  3. Schedule Yearly Physical sand Routine Eye exams Even though your resident probably sees a healthcare professional about their diabetes, it is important to schedule a routine physical and eye exam.  This allows a doctor to conduct a more thorough exam to see if they are having any serious complications.
  4. Keep up to Date with vaccines If your residents have high blood sugar, their immune system is more likely to be weaker, increasing their chance of catching viruses, infections, and other diseases.  It is important to keep up to date with their vaccines and ask their doctor what is right for them to avoid any complication and illnesses that could result.
  5. Take Care of your Teeth- As you might already know, if you resident has diabetes they more prone to infections, and that includes gum infections.  Make sure they brush their teeth at least twice a day, floss their teeth once a day, and schedule dental exams at least twice a year.  Consult their dentist right away if their gums bleed or look red or swollen.
  6. Pay Attention to Your Resident’s Feet– Make sure to take care of your resident’s feet.  Diabetes can cause poor circulation and nerve damage to feet.  If they develop a blister of cut on their foot, make sure to treat it right away to prevent infection.
  7. Take a Daily Aspirin if okayed by your resident’s doctor– People with Diabetes are at a greater risk of cardiovascular diseases including heart attack and strokes.  Taking a daily aspirin thins the blood; helping to prevent blood clots to form that could cause these life-threatening health risks. Make sure to consult their doctor or healthcare provider before beginning any health regime such as taking a daily aspirin.
  8. Take Stress Seriously-   Stress can cause your hormones to react negatively.     If you are stressed out  or your resident is stressed out, it can cause the insulin to not work properly and this will only make matters worse.  Make sure to get a good night’s rest and don’t allow yourself to stress out.

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