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If your child or a family member has been diagnosed with diabetes, you may be feeling overwhelmed and worried. We aim to provide you with the information to help you and your family member manage their diabetes together. It’s a huge shock to learn that your family member has diabetes? Most people have no idea what ‘diabetes’, in all its complexity, means.
Be sympathetic. It can be scary at first for people to find out they have diabetes. Your relative may be frustrated with the changes he or she has to make. Tell your relative that you understand how he or she feels. But don’t let your relative use these feelings as an excuse for not taking care of his or her diabetes.
Learn about the disease. There are lots of myths and wrong ideas about diabetes. For example, it’s not true that a major sweet tooth can lead to the condition, or that it’s unsafe for people who have it to exercise. Learn how diabetes works, how to prevent emergencies or complications, and other information so you can be useful. Maybe ask your loved one if you can tag along to a doctor’s appointment.
Make it a team effort. A diabetes diagnosis is a chance for the whole household to start some healthy living. Get everyone to get on board with nutritious meals, quitting smoking, and staying active. Avoid buying foods he or she isn’t supposed to eat. Healthy-eating rules are the same for everyone, including people who have diabetes. Eat foods that are low in fat, cholesterol, salt and added sugar. Choose a variety of fresh fruits, vegetables, whole grains, lean meats, and fish.
Expect mood swings. Hi and lows in blood sugars can make someone jittery, confused, anxious, or irritable. Better blood sugar control can help avoid these ups and downs. Offer emotional support, and encourage your loved one to join a support group or talk about professional counseling (I had some) if you think that might help.
Taking an interest in your loved one’s diabetes, whether type 1 diabetes or type 2 diabetes, is one thing; taking control is another. “If you’re constantly telling them what to do, they’ll see it as a challenge to their control,” A take-charge attitude is rarely the kind of diabetes help your loved one is looking for.
Don’t be tactless. You might think a comment like “Look at it this way: It could be worse; you could have a fatal disease” offers comfort. But in reality, that’s not the kind of reassurance that will make anyone feel better, It’s a thoughtless remark because it implies that diabetes isn’t serious. Both type 1 diabetes and type 2 diabetes have to be taken very seriously so those diabetic complications are avoided.
Don’t give orders. You’re not the diabetes police, and you don’t want to make your loved one with diabetes feel like a criminal when he or she doesn’t obey. You can make suggestions or recommendations, but make sure they’re nothing more than that.
Ask how to be helpful. If you want to be supportive there are lots of little things I would probably appreciate your help with. However, what I really need may be very different from what you think I need, so please ask first.
Here are a Few Books that I personally recommend that you and your family member should read. My wife learned so much from these books.
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