Taking action

Taking action

Managing their condition can be challenging for your loved one living with diabetes. There are a number of ways that you can help them.

Educate yourself about diabetes

There exists plenty of misinformation about diabetes, and it is important to understand how best to support your loved one. It can be helpful to:1,2

  • Attend medical appointments with your loved one, if they agree
  • Go along to diabetes self-management classes or sessions with them
  • Use reputable sources of information, such as the Diabetes UK, Patient Association

Motivate and encourage your loved one

Both you and your loved one will need time to adjust to the diagnosis of diabetes, and the resulting lifestyle changes:1,2

  • Give them space to come to terms with it in their own time
  • Don’t feel that you have to be constantly positive – it can be helpful to talk about their and your worries too
  • Provide support, but try not to be over-bearing
  • Support them in any needed lifestyle changes by doing things together – such as exercising or cooking healthy food
  • Encourage your loved one to test and record their blood glucose regularly; this will help them to keep track of how well they are managing their condition
  • Encourage your loved one to speak with their doctor if you or they have any concerns about managing their condition
1. Weisenberger J. Help! My aging parent has diabetes. 03.12.13: http://diabetes.sanofi.us/help-my-parent-has-diabetes/; Access date: Oct 2016
2. Wahowiak L. 8 tips for caregivers: American Diabetes Association. March 2014: http://www.diabetes.org/living-with-diabetes/recently-diagnosed/8-tips-for-caregivers.html; Access date: Oct 2016