Long-Term Care

Treating diabetes

LTC Nursing Assistant Trainer, April 23, 2009

Diabetes is a disease that changes the way our bodies use food. It causes the level of sugar in the blood to be too high. The extra sugar harms the blood vessels and other organisms in the body over time. Diabetes can cause great damage before any symptoms appear.

There are four main parts to treating diabetes:

  1. Diet
  2. Exercise
  3. Medication
  4. Monitoring

The goal of treatment for diabetes is to keep the individual’s blood sugar as close to normal as possible. Doing this will lower the person’s chances of getting:

  • Stroke
  • Heart disease
  • Kidney failure
  • Stomach disease
  • High blood pressure
  • Eye diseases, loss of vision, or blindness
  • Nerve damage, with pain or loss of feeling in the hands, feet, legs or other parts of the body

A high level of sugar in the blood over a long period of time causes these problems.

This is an excerpt from HCPro’s book, The CNA Training Solution, Second Edition.

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