How to Support a Loved One With Diabetes
Todays article is not for those of us who have diabetes, but for those of you who care about someone with diabetes. I wanted to write something for the families, friends, and caregivers, who often might find themselves unsure of how to support their friend or family member whos struggling with this disease. I wanted to give some advice on how to be truly helpful, and how to avoid some of the common (honest and well-intentioned) missteps that can drive those of us with diabetes a little nutty sometimes.
Its not always easy to know what to do or what to say. Its often the case that the stress of having a loved one in trouble is worse than being in trouble yourself. The same is true sometimes with a chronic condition like diabetes. A partner, friend, or loved one can feel paralyzed, unsure what to say, wanting to help but not knowing enough to really know what to do; stuck watching everything unfold with no power to change it or help it. So, lets try to change that. Well start with a simple crash course on what exactly diabetes IS and IS NOT.
a chronic disease that comes about because of a combination of genetics and circumstances
a condition in which the body needs help metabolizing sugar that enters the blood due to a deficiency in the systems meant to get that sugar FROM the blood TO the cells that need it for energy.
a manageable condition that requires discipline and focus from the person living with it
a condition that requires the person with it to, as my mother used to say, manually take over functions within the body that are automatic and unnoticed by peop Continue reading