Recent studies have shown that family and friends play a crucial role in helping those with Type 2 Diabetes and could dramatically improve their long-term well-being. Being able to understand what it is that your loved one is going through and the changes they need to make is one of the most important things you can do to support them.
So, how can YOU help a loved one take control of their diabetes and take back control of their life?
- Do your research. Get a better understanding of this disease and how it can affect your loved one emotionally and physically.
- Attend doctor visits. Ask if you can accompany them to medical visits in order to hear what topics are discussed and continue them at home.
- Be “judgement-free”. Show them that you are there to support them and care for them – not to police them and be micromanagers.
- Get others involved. Have the whole house support your loved one. For example, everyone eats healthy at the dinner table and temptation foods are removed.
- Introduce them to programs that support those with Type 2 Diabetes. Along with your research findings, encourage your loved one to participate in support programs, similar to the 60/60 Program at Dedham Health, where they can get guidance and support from exercise physiologists on lifestyle changes such as healthy eating and exercising.
So get out there! Do your research, attend appointments and show that you are there for THEM for the long haul! Together you will work to beat this disease!
– Robbie G. Exercise Physiologist
As important as it is for family members to support those with Type 2, it is even MORE important that those diagnosed understand exactly what this disease is for themselves.
Here at Dedham Health & Athletic Complex, we offer support for people to help manage their diabetes. We offer training and education on exercise and diets to help improve diabetes related issues. It is important for YOU to understand Type 2 Diabetes before you can expect others to support and understand you, as well.
Watch the video below for more information on the seriousness of Type 2 Diabetes!