8. Do: Listen To What They Have To Say
Sometimes, a person with diabetes simply needs a safe place to pour out their feelings. Family members and friends can serve a huge purpose by listening. Maybe you’ll find out more about their needs and problems. You might be able to brainstorm and offer ideas that can help. Plus, an extra pair of ears may help them release any tension.
7. Don’t: Stare
It’s not OK to stare at a someone while they draw blood to test their blood sugar or give themselves insulin shots. While it might be new or unusual for a friend or family member, it’s an everyday thing for them, and it may already be hard enough for them to do it as is. Don’t give them something else to worry about.
6. Do: Be Supportive of Choices
The choices a person with diabetes makes when it comes to food and diet might not always be something that someone without diabetes can understand, but it’s important to remember they have their best interests in mind. Allow your loved one with diabetes to politely decline a treat, and don’t pester them to try a food or snack after they say, “No.” One of the best ways for family and friends to help is to be as supportive as possible of these decisions.
5. Do: Ask How You Can Help
It can be easy for family members and friends to assume they know how to help. But to be most supportive, family and friends should always ask first what their loved one with diabetes needs and how they can be most helpful. Maybe they want help with reminders, or maybe they don’t. How a family member thinks they should help can be vastly different from how their loved one really wants them to help.
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