Diabetes Support For Those You Love

Diabetes affects almost 26 million Americans, and managing the disease can be an overwhelming task.  Any assistance a loved one can provide makes a huge difference.  Below are a few ways you can offer your aid if you have a loved one suffering from diabetes.

  • Help them create a diet plan and exercise regimen.  Diet and exercise play a crucial role in managing diabetes. You can also offer to cook healthy meals for them or exercise with them.
  • Be patient.  Again, suffering from diabetes can be overwhelming, and lifestyle changes don’t happen overnight.  Always be sympathetic and avoid nagging, as it will only lead to more frustration.
  • Remind them to take their medication and check their blood sugar regularly.  Adding tasks to a daily routine can be difficult to remember in the beginning, but monitoring blood sugar and medication is life-saving.
  • Accompany them to doctors’ appointments. You show your support just by being there, and you can also hear any recommendations or requests the provider may have. Offer to schedule appointments or keep a log of concerns you or your loved one have throughout the week and discuss them with the physician.
  • Be knowledgeable on the disease.  Understanding the side effects, challenges and treatments associated with diabetes is essential when caring for a loved one with the disease.

For more information on diabetes, visit Diabetes.org.

Also, find a physician near you who can help answer any of your Diabetes questions at www.mountainstarmedicalgroup.com

 

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