If you are taking care of a loved one who requires consistent care for a specific condition such as Alzheimer’s, it can be difficult to ensure that their overall health is intact. High blood pressure and diabetes are some of the most common problems faced by older Americans and these diseases can have severe consequences for the entire body when left unchecked. Here are 5 things to be aware of:
- Avoid The Emergency: Certain blood pressure and blood sugar measurements are considered an emergency and require immediate hospitalization. When allowed out of control, conditions can escalate to lethal levels.
- Protect Vision: Both diabetes and high blood pressure can cause vision loss. While some cases of vision loss can be reversed, others are irreversible and can even lead to further, more painful, complications.
- Protect The Heart: It is well-known that high blood pressure is bad for the heart, but diabetes can also affect cardiac vessels, which the heart needs to keep working.
- Avoid Amputation: Uncontrolled blood sugar can damage nerves as well as vessels causing loss of sensation. This also means that cuts and other injuries can be left unsensitized- leading to dangerous infections. In cases of such infection, amputation is often performed.
- They Affect The Whole Body: Both diabetes and high blood pressure are multi-systemic disorders. This means that, when left unchecked, the two can give rise to a variety of unpleasant and painful systemic complications. For instance, diabetes is known to affect the kidneys and can even lead to a stroke.
At Sutton In-Home Senior Care, we know how hard it can be to care for a loved one who is ill- which is why we are here to help. Our trained professionals can help you stay on top of the important things such as a medication regimen and an exercise routine for your loved one. Call us today to find out more!