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Diabetes support

Sometimes a person needs extra help and support when living with a lifelong condition like diabetes.

Being able to discuss any feelings of anxiety, stress, and other concerns, is an important part of managing the condition.

Whether support comes from a partner, a friend, your doctor, or a diabetes support group, there are plenty of people who care and can help.

See a diabetes specialist

Because type 2 diabetes requires regular medical check-ups, obtaining good support begins with a specific and accurate diagnosis from a doctor who understands diabetes. You might choose to see a diabetes specialist nurse or a diabetes specialist, to make sure you benefit from the latest medical findings. Beyond the initial diagnosis are a host of health care professionals you’ll need to see including ophthalmologists, pharmacists, registered dietitians, and diabetes educators. All of these professionals will be part of your diabetes health care team and work with you to help you stay well.

Consider a joining diabetes support group

It may be a good idea to join a diabetes support group as you experience give-and-take with other men and women who have type 2 diabetes.

A support group is geared toward the unique needs of its members and is especially important for those with diabetes. While support groups are not psychotherapy groups, they can provide you with a safe and accepting place to vent your frustrations, share your situation, and receive comfort and encouragement from others. In many such groups, the latest methods of diabetes self-management and treatment are discussed, and members can give coping suggestions that you may not be aware of. The assurance is given that "someone else knows what I am going through" as people share any struggles they are having living with type 2 diabetes. This camaraderie is most necessary in order to revamp your thought processes. After joining such a group, you may realise that the best experts on a disease are often those who live with it daily. Always check with your doctor before taking a new “suggested” remedy.

Seek support from loved ones

Type 2 diabetes extends beyond the patient and can affect the entire family. Especially with a long-term condition personal support is necessary, whether from your spouse, family, friends, or colleagues.

It is important to educate your friends and loved ones about your condition, making them aware why you must check your blood glucose regularly or why you have to carefully choose your foods for snacks and meals. Having a family meeting with a diabetes educator is another good way of helping everyone understand type 2 diabetes and why some lifestyle changes have to be made to accommodate your condition.

Seek support from a therapist

For most people, the last thing you want to hear is, "I think it might be a good idea for you to speak with someone about your emotional stress". You may be offended by the implication that the condition is "in your head".

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