Diabetes is a health issue where too much glucose is in the bloodstream. The high blood sugar level is known as hyperglycemia. For some people, the opposite happens. Blood sugar levels drop too low. It can be triggered by diabetes medications not working effectively.
In some people who do not have diabetes, diet and exercise trigger low blood sugar episodes. Symptoms include shakiness, confusion, rapid heartbeat, hunger, sweating, and a confused mental state.
Blood sugars should be in the 70 mg/dL range. Below that can trigger the symptoms of hypoglycemia. If your parent is diabetic, it’s important to raise blood sugars quickly. Many doctors recommend a glass of orange juice. If your dad is not diabetic, he should see a doctor to discover what is causing his blood sugar levels to be too low.
Reasons Someone Without Diabetes Gets Hypoglycemia.
If your dad has seen a doctor and doesn’t have diabetes, additional testing is needed to see what is causing the drop in blood sugar. It can happen when there is a tumor on the pancreas. It happens when there is severe liver damage from something like alcoholism or hepatitis. Eating disorders can also lead to hypoglycemia.
You need to get your dad’s blood sugar levels up. The dizziness and weakness he feels can lead to an unexpected fall. He could break a bone and require weeks of healing and therapy sessions. He could become dizzy while driving and crash.
The first place to start is with a doctor. Discuss concerns with his doctor and demand tests to find out what is causing the low blood sugar. Have your dad carry items like chocolates or sugar cubes that can raise his blood sugar if he’s out running errands. He shouldn’t drive if he’s prone to low blood sugar episodes.
Bring in Home Care Professionals to Help Out.
Your dad may not need home care services permanently, but while the cause of his hypoglycemia is being determined, a caregiver is useful. He’ll have someone to drive him to stores and appointments. He won’t be alone if a low sugar episode hits while he’s out.
At home, caregivers can help him safely get up and down stairs. Caregivers can make sure he’s eating properly and getting plenty to drink each day. Caregivers are also on hand to remind him to take medications each day.
If you or an aging loved-one are considering home care in Irvine, CA, please contact the caring staff at Easy Living Home Care today. Providing Non-Medical Home Care Services in Orange County, CA since 2009. Call for Assistance: (949) 282-5017 or (949) 842-6831
At a very young age it was always Ms. LaPorte’s passion to work with the elderly. She was a caregiver at a nursing home in high school and college and volunteered in senior centers and senior events held by the city in which she grew up. After graduation, Ms. LaPorte became a special education teacher for sixteen years.
She put her teaching career on the sidelines to raise two wonderful children, during which her passion for the elderly inspired her to start Easy Living Home Care in 2009. Ms. Laporte wanted to help people, especially seniors, find competent, qualified, and caring in-home care at reasonable rates.
Ms LaPorte takes an active role in conducting and managing all operations of her business. She is patient, compassionate and listens. Ms. Laporte is always available to her clients and staff.
In her spare time, Lori volunteers for the American Red Cross and Leashes of Love canine rescue organization.
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