If one of your loved ones is diagnosed with diabetes, you’re probably wondering what you can do to help. It’s not easy for anyone to deal with the fact that they’ve got a serious medical condition.
Ask if they’d like you to help with reminders
Your first instinct may be to become the “diabetes police,” reminding your loved one when it’s time to check blood glucose, exercise and to put down unhealthy foods. But it’s better to ask if your help is truly needed to avoid rifts in the relationship. If they say no and you think they still need it, consider attending a doctor’s appointment with them, and find out from the healthcare professional whether or not they’re on target.
Ask what you can do
If you aren’t sure what you can do to help, ask. There may be something that hasn’t even occurred to you, and perhaps they’re afraid to ask. Assisting with little things like recording symptoms may actually be a big help.
If you do most of the cooking, it is a good idea to familiarize yourself with how to make delicious, yet healthy meals that will help your loved one stay on track.
Get support for yourself
If you’re in a caregiving position, it’s more important than ever to get support for yourself. You can join a support group, or simply talk with someone you trust like a close friend.