Making Diabetes Management Work for the Whole Household
When someone is diagnosed with type 1 diabetes, it can seem like the entire household has diabetes. Diabetes can touch almost every part of a person's life—what they eat, their activity level, even their moods—and that may affect the whole family.
Maybe you are a family member or other care partner helping a child manage his or her type 1 diabetes full-time. Or maybe an adult loved one has type 1 diabetes, and you mostly give emotional support. Either way, you can see how diabetes affects them. Just remember that there is a great deal you can do to help. When caring for someone with type 1 diabetes, it's important to stay positive and supportive. And it may be both healthy and fun to take on some diabetes-friendly habits.
Here are some diabetes "do's and don'ts" for families and friends that can help show support:
- DO choose to eat healthier
- DO enjoy the same foods as your loved one
- DO join in his or her activities
- DO check, or help check, your loved one's blood sugar, especially if they cannot or don't like to self-check
- DON'T become the "diabetes police" by nagging too much
And don't forget about you!
Taking care of someone else can take time and energy. Keep in mind that if you're not taking care of yourself, you can't take good care of anyone else. So make sure you get the support you need. There are support groups out there that can help.