Individuals with diabetes who live alone face the usual complex self-management challenges that all PWDs face. Living alone, however, brings additional challenges. Only a few are noted here. Some "aloners" (new term?) face personal and medical safety issues with hypo unawareness, acute illnesses (who makes the chicken soup for flu?), and injuries, to name a few. Some may run higher than desired BGs during sleep to avoid a hypo reaction. There are unique challenges with planning, prepping, and eating nutritionally for one as well as possible temptations to be inconsistent with physical activity habits.
Some aloners are more isolated socially than others or may not have anyone nearby to check on them. Very low hypoglycemic reactions can be dangerous if there is no one to help.
Online discussions specific to this group will help to better focus and describe the unique characteristics of solo self management.
The objectives of this group are to: 1) discuss living alone with diabetes, 2) develop awareness of the concerns, fears, and safety problems of solo self management, and 3) develop potential solutions, through group interactions, that may improve personal confidence, safety, and self management activities.
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