Quick tips for those getting started as a diabetes caregiver and understanding how to support a loved one with a recent diabetes diagnosis
A diabetes diagnosis can be mind-boggling for both patient and caregiver. When you work together, the transition to a healthier lifestyle does not have to be overwhelming. The tips below can help you start the journey.
Before you can adequately help your loved one embark on this journey, you must understand the challenges of diabetes. Learn as much as you can by visiting sites such as the American Diabetes Association. You will also find blogs like those on Mayo Clinic’s site or Focus Express Mail Pharmacy are not only informative, but offer tremendous support in your time of transition. There are even blogs offering information on insulin pumps, A1C, nutrition, and more.
As you and your loved one move forward it is important that you talk about how you both feel. Provide positive encouragement along the way but voice your concerns as well. It is important that your friend or family member understands that their diabetes affects you, too. But it is equally important to learn to encourage the right way; without nagging. Doing so may cause them to be defensive and damage your relationship.
Form a Partnership
Doing things together makes everything easier. This is a terrific time to start exercising jointly. Consider joining a gym together or finding ways the whole family can exercise at the same time. For instance, have a family bike ride or take a walk after dinner.
Find healthy recipes the family will enjoy and introduce good nutrition for everyone. If you don’t live together, start a healthy recipe exchange and consider having dinner together once a week. You may find that both of your families start eating better.
You can also go to your loved one’s medical appointments. Two heads are better than one when it comes to listening to and remembering medical advice and asking questions.
These lifestyle changes will be healthy for all. The experts at Focus Express Mail Pharmacy are available to answer any additional questions that may arise. Simply call 1-866-403-6287, toll-free.