When people have support of their family and friends they are able to better manage their diabetes. It is a hard disease to handle alone, so you can help your loved one cope with diabetes by showing your support.
- Learn about Diabetes: There is a lot to learn about how people can live well with Diabetes. By learning and understanding is a great way for you to help a loved one manage their Diabetes.
- Ask them to teach you about how they manage their Diabetes day to day.
- Join a support group to help understand what it is like to live with Diabetes.
- Read about Diabetes at www.yourdiabetesinfo.org
- Get involved and show your loved one you care.
- Ask your loved one questions about coping with Diabetes and how you can help. Some questions to ask them:
- Do you ever feel down or overwhelmed about managing your diabetes?
- What can I do to help or make it easier for you to live with Diabetes?
Tips to help your loved one:
- Find ways to help your loved one manage the stress of living with Diabetes. Being a good listener is often the most important thing you can do to help.
- Ask your loved one if they would like reminders about Doctor visits, when to check their blood sugar or take medication
- Help them write down questions they would like to address at their next appointment.
- Eat well and with them and make meals including fruits, vegetables and whole grains.
- Find activities you can do together like walking, dancing, gardening or biking. Being active is a great way to handle stress and keep blood sugars in a manageable target range.
**Helping a loved one cope with Diabetes begins with talking.**
Blog Written By: Priscilla Comnick, Diabetes Education Coordinator