Helping a Loved One Cope With Diabetes

By GabbyPA Latest Reply 2013-03-20 08:59:06 -0500
Started 2013-03-19 13:20:04 -0500

This topic has been coming up a lot of late. There is so much we can do to help those we love help us take better care of ourselves. They have an emotional investment as well as we do.

Here is a great article that helps pin point some of the aspects that our caregivers or family and friends can benefit from. Check it out.

By WebMD

Are you helping a loved one cope with diabetes? Diabetes affects an estimated 26 million Americans. It touches the lives of millions more family members and friends. Supporting a loved one with diabetes can be challenging for both the caregiver and the person receiving the care.

It's important to keep in mind that living with any chronic illness, such as type 1 or type 2 diabetes, can be overwhelming. As a caregiver for a loved one with diabetes, you must understand all about diabetes. That means you need to understand:
How it manifests in the body
How it's treated
The necessary dietary and lifestyle measures needed to self-manage it

You also need to know the warning signs and symptoms of hypoglycemia and hyperglycemia. Hypoglycemia occurs when blood sugar levels are too low. Hyperglycemia occurs when blood sugar levels get too high. You also need to know what steps to take for both. When you do, you can help keep the patient safe from diabetes complications.

As a diabetes caregiver, you must be prepared to deal with emotional situations that arise. For instance, the person with diabetes may experience fears, anxiety, or depression. Equally important, you must watch yourself. You, too, can become overwhelmed with caregiver stress. That can put your own physical and mental health at risk. If prolonged, your personal feelings of anxiety, stress, and isolation may become a burden in your own life.
What are some ways to help a loved one with diabetes?

It is easy for someone with a chronic disease such as diabetes to suffer without letting anyone know. Even for the caregiver, it can be difficult to see warning signs. The person may mask feelings or symptoms until a diabetic emergency or complications arise.

Communication is the key to successfully helping someone with diabetes. To get ready for care giving, sit and talk with your loved one about any concerns you may have about his or her diabetes. Openly talk about ways you can help the loved one to:

Consistently check blood sugar
Take the necessary medications
Eat a balanced diet
Exercise regularly
See the various members of the health care team for checkups

If it's difficult to talk with your loved one about diabetes care, see if you can go to the next doctor's appointment with him or her. Then let the doctor lead the discussion of how you might be a help.

Some of the things you might do to help a loved one with diabetes include:
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raccoon mana
raccoon mana 2013-03-20 08:59:06 -0500 Report

well said. being a caregiver is hard no matter what the disease. and its always good to know what to watch for and how to treat it.