I KNOW SOMEONE WITH DIABETES
Being a family member or friend of someone with diabetes can be confusing. You want to help but you don’t always know what to do.
And you don’t want to drive your loved one crazy or harm your relationship by becoming the “diabetes police”. Let’s face it. Diabetes is overwhelming.
People can do well for a time and then can experience what is called “diabetes burnout” or “diabetes distress”. This happens because people with diabetes are asked to make dozens of decisions and perform dozens of tasks each day.
What to eat. When to exercise. Taking medication. Checking blood sugars. Keeping a written record. Scheduling medical appointments.
And then to top it off, even when someone has done all of this, it does not mean it is enough. Most medical visits touch on the need to improve even more on being physically active, eating healthy and weight loss.
It may seem like the end is never in sight! The good news is that you are interested in helping.
The importance of family and friends in supporting people with diabetes is widely acknowledged for the difference it can make.
DHAC also understands how to be part of the diabetes team.
We have helped thousands of people learn to LIVE WELL with type 2 diabetes or pre-diabetes.