What You Can Do To Help A Family Member Who Has
A family member who has diabetes may need your help to stay healthy, or to learn how to
monitor their blood glucose level. It is also important for you to encourage your family member with diabetes to
learn all they can about their disease.
If you have a loved one with diabetes you may want to know ways that you can help them to live successfully
with the disease.
The first step to helping a loved one who has diabetes is to learn all you can about diabetes.
There are two types of diabetes.
It is important to find out which type your family member has. The two kinds of diabetes are type 1 and type 2
Type 1 diabetes is when the body does not produce any insulin. It occurs more often in
children, teens and youth. Type 2 diabetes is typically diagnosed in adults.
Type 2 diabetics do not produce insulin or their cells ignore the insulin in their body. Type 2
diabetes is the more common type of diabetes.
A family member who has diabetes may need your help to stay healthy, or to learn how to monitor their blood
glucose level. It is also important for you to encourage your family member with diabetes to learn all they can
about their disease.
It is important for family members to be sympathetic to the family member with diabetes. It is scary and
frustrating when you are first diagnosed with diabetes.
Individuals who are diagnosed with diabetes usually have to make changes in the way the eat, and in how they
Having diabetes is serious and should not be taken lightly by any family member. Family members should learn the
symptoms of diabetic complications so that they can recognize any signs of danger in the person with diabetes.
A professional should check your feet at least once a year.
Signs you should watch out for that may signal nerve damage are:
Numbness in your feet
Sharp pain or a painful tingling feeling in your feet
Sores on your feet
Muscle weakness in your legs
A burning feeling in your feet or legs
In males an inability to achieve an erection could be a sign of nerve damage
Vision Problems that may signal diabetic problems:
The retina is very sensitive to light and helps us to be able to see.
All family members should encourage the one with diabetes to carefully monitor their glucose level on a regular
basis, to attend all doctor appointments, and to make any necessary lifestyle changes that are suggested by the
These things are vital to do if you truly want to help your diabetic family member:
Gain knowledge about the disease, have sympathy for the changes the person is needing to go through, be alert to
signs or symptoms of diabetic complications.
You can encourage healthy eating habits by eating with the diabetic individual and helping them to make wise
Diabetics should be limiting their intake of fats and sugars and eating more fresh fruits and vegetables, whole
grains and lean meats and fish.
Encourage the individual to exercise by joining them in their exercise program. You can walk, jog, swim or dance
Read up on diabetes at your local library and discover healthy eating and exercise habits.