Health Tip: When a Loved One Has Diabetes

How you can help

(HealthDay News) -- When a friend or family member is diagnosed with diabetes, you may be unsure of how you can help.

The American Diabetes Association offers these suggestions:

  • Learn everything you can about diabetes, including what it is and how it's treated.
  • There are different types of diabetes with different treatment requirements, so it helps to learn the specifics about your loved one's condition.
  • Talk to your loved one about what he or she needs from you, and what's needed to cope emotionally.
  • When your loved one asks for help, follow through.
  • If your loved on needs professional assistance -- with diabetes or a related issue -- help the person get it.
Diana Kohnle

Diana Kohnle

Published on August 19, 2009

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