Caretaking & Diabetes: Helping Loved Ones Manage Their Diagnosis

According to the American Diabetes Association, about 10.5% of the american population had diabetes in 2018. This statistic doesn’t include the vast majority of friends and family members who were thrust into the role of caretakers of this 10.5%. Thus, if your loved one has diabetes, and if you are uncertain how to help, the following are a few ways you can aid in managing their diagnosis!

Do the Reading

One of the best ways to be helpful is to read up on the literature of your loved ones recent diagnosis. The American Diabetes Association and the NIDDK (The National Institute of Diabetes and Digestive and Kidney Diseases) both have user-friendly websites that are easy to navigate for new-comers. 

As always, take it one moment at a time, and pace yourself. The goal is to educate yourself on how to help your loved one manage their diabetes. You cannot do this if you quickly overwhelm yourself with medical jargon!

Attend Appointments

If your loved one has recently received their diagnosis, a wonderful way to support them is through joining them at medical appointments. You can be there as a form of emotional as well as note-taking support. 

Being at appointments can lessen the burden off of your loved one having to intake the brunt of the information. Thus, at your loved ones appointments, be prepared to listen, ask questions, and take notes!

Help With Any Dietary Changes

One of the best ways to assist in diabetes care is to ensure that nutritional needs are being met. Diabetic diets should emphasize healthy carbohydrates such as fruits, vegetables, and whole grains. There should also be a healthful use of fiber, as it is crucial in moderating blood sugar levels.

When making dietary substitutions, take into account your loved one’s preferences. Incorporate healthful ingredients into some of their favorite recipes. For example, someone who loves mac-n-cheese can easily have vegetables or dairy-free alternatives folded into this comfort meal!

4. Aid in Monitoring Symptoms

If your loved one has been diagnosed with diabetes, they may require some assistance monitoring their symptoms. As an example, for those who have suffered nerve damage in their feet, you can help monitor any possible signs of wear and tear. You should be aware of any abrasions on the feet in the form of swelling, cuts, or excessive blistering. By being vigilant, you can help catch anything before it develops into something worse!

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