Posted on Dec 27, 2018
Manchester Specialty Programs Inc.
We recently discussed diabetes management of patients in the home health care environment – from educating patients and family members on treatment plans to the need for glucose monitoring, recognizing signs for hypoglycemia/ hyperglycemia, and other steps. Here our focus is on the importance of nutritional management for home health care patients with diabetes. To recap: Diabetes is a disease that occurs when blood glucose, also called blood sugar, is too high. Blood glucose is the main source of energy and comes from the food we eat. Insulin, a hormone made by the pancreas, helps glucose from food get into your cells to be used for energy. Sometimes the body doesn’t make enough—or any—insulin or doesn’t use insulin well. Glucose then stays in the blood and doesn’t reach the cells. Most middle-aged and older adults with the disease have Type 2 diabetes where the body does not make or use insulin well.