Diabetes refers to a number of diseases that arise from problems with the insulin hormone. When the body is in balance, the pancreas releases insulin to help your body store and use the sugar and fat from the food you eat and drink. Diabetes occurs when the pancreas begins to produce less or no insulin at all, or when your body does not respond adequately to the insulin, or both. Unfortunately there is no cure for diabetes yet, but there are proven ways to manage this disease to stay healthy and enjoy an active and full life.

Diabetes Management in Hospital 600

Today, more than 100 million Americans are living with diabetes or the condition known as prediabetes. According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), as of 2015 over 30.3 million Americans have diabetes. That represents 9.4% of the population. Another 84.1 million have prediabetes – a condition that can lead to type 2 diabetes if not treated.

Managing Diabetes

While diabetes is a common disease, every individual needs care that is tailored to their needs. It is important that you and your family find out as much as possible about the latest medical therapies and management strategies, and also develop good communication with your physician and caregivers to help keep the disease under control and respond quickly to any changes in your needs.

  • The primary step in managing diabetes is blood glucose testing. Knowing and maintaining the right blood sugar levels is essential to maintaining your health. Too much glucose in your blood stream is the common factor among all types of diabetes. 
  • There are many people with type 2 diabetes who can control the disease with healthy eating and exercise. For people with type 1 diabetes, insulin needs to be administered accordingly to help you maintain the right level of blood glucose. In some cases, oral medication combined with a healthy lifestyle regimen will be enough for some people.
  • The most important person in your healthcare team is YOU! By taking responsibility for your well-being you can make sure you’re doing everything you can to manage the disease. You’re quite literally in control:
    • You are responsible for exercising.
    • You are responsible for your meal plan and the food you eat.
    • You are responsible for administering your medications (insulin or oral).
    • Lastly – you are the one who knows YOU the best. Be alert to problems, changes in your energy levels and well-being, and talk honestly with your care providers – let them know what is going on, how you feel and if you’ve noticed anything different.

What happens if your diabetes requires a higher level of care?

Sometimes people living with diabetes need a greater level of care, even after following a proven routine of nutrition, exercise and medication. The diabetes treatment programs at Kindred Hospitals aim to restore quality of life and independence to our patients and are based on the latest advancements in the management of this disease.

  • Team Approach – At Kindred we believe that teams comprised of experienced professionals from various disciplines are the key to developing individualized treatment plans for each patient and delivering effective care.
  • Treatment – In addition to proven standards, we use the latest in glycemic management -- basal bolus insulin therapy. This approach mimics the body’s own physiological response for insulin release to prevent highs and lows in your daily glucose levels.
  • Our Patients – Kindred is committed to delivering personalized care that is tailored to each of our patients. We offer care that can help reduce painful neuropathy, heal foot ulcers, arrest diabetic retinopathy and manage hypertension, cardiovascular changes and nephropathy. 

Kindred uses evidence-based standards of care from the American Diabetes Association and the American Association of Clinical Endocrinologists to develop treatment that includes all aspects of recovery:

  • Medical nutrition therapy and education 
  • Weight reduction, stress management and other healthy lifestyle programs
  • Disease management education
  • Self-management instruction including monitoring, medications and meal planning
  • Progressive exercise regimen tailored to fit each person’s needs

If you have questions about transitional care services, call 1.866.KINDRED to speak with a Registered Nurse 24 hours a day, seven days a week. Our nurses can help determine if this type of care is right for you or your loved one, and if your health plan covers it.


Sources

Statistics: https://www.cdc.gov/media/releases/2017/p0718-diabetes-report.html

Basal Bolus Insulin Therapy: https://www.medicalnewstoday.com/articles/316616.php

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