Whether you’re a brother, mother, aunt, boyfriend, wife or best friend, knowing how to support the people in your life who live with diabetes isn’t all that easy. Here are a few tips to help you be the best support system you can possibly be.
Ask us what we need.
Don’t lecture us.
Be patient when our blood sugars are too low or too high.
Be positive and consistent when supporting children with diabetes.
As diabetics, we have no idea what it’s like for you to love and watch us manage our diabetes. As our loved ones, you just want to take care of us, keep us safe and help us live a happy, healthy life. We truly appreciate you. The key is to be the kind of support we’re looking for. Ask us how you can be the best source of support in our lives with diabetes…but please, just don’t ask when our blood sugars are low.
Ginger Vieira has lived with Type 1 diabetes and Celiac disease since 1999. She is the author of Dealing with Diabetes Burnout, Emotional Eating with Diabetes and Your Diabetes Science Experiment. Ginger is the Editorial Director at DiabetesDaily.