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A diabetes diagnosis affects the whole family. Embracing your role as an advocate and supporter now and into the future can help your loved one live healthfully and happily, despite a diabetes diagnosis.
When a person is first diagnosed with diabetes, the technical aspects can be overwhelming.
As a parent of a child with diabetes, you’ll certainly take on most of the initial responsibility of learning how to manage the disease. For partners, parents, or other close adults, keep in mind that the person with diabetes may easily become overwhelmed and tune out during those first few crucial healthcare visits. This is where a supportive family member can really make a difference. You can be the “eyes and ears” during the learning process, taking notes, reading up, and getting informed so when it’s time to make important decisions, you can provide valuable insight.
Give yourselves time to adjust to a diabetes diagnosis. Some people go through a period of denial, which requires patience and a little extra support to get through the initial learning curve. Lending support—without nagging—will help your loved one cope with the big changes to diet and activity that go along with diabetes.
Modeling healthy behaviors can help your loved one adopt the habits that will help manage diabetes and prevent complications. After all, eating a donut while admonishing your loved one to “eat smart” won’t get you far. Instead, help prepare and eat the same nutritious foods to send the message that you’re in this together. Planning exercise together is another way to make sure they get the activity that helps improve their (and your!) overall health.
If your loved one needs insulin to manage their diabetes, you’ll need to decide on an administration method. A new diagnosis generally requires an initial period of manually-injected insulin, so you’ll work with the doctor and a certified diabetes educator (CDE) to learn how much, what types, and when insulin is given, and how to balance meals, snacks, and different types of food with particular doses and types of insulin. During this learning period, your loved one will need to use either an insulin pen, or vials and syringes to deliver insulin.
Disposable and reusable insulin pens can be:
On the downside, disposable and reusable insulin pens might:
Vial and syringe
The most “low tech” insulin delivery option is a vial and syringe. Many people choose it because it is less expensive than pens, and it allows for very precise mixing of different forms of insulin into one injection.
Many people find they use different insulin delivery methods depending on the situation. For example, perhaps keeping a disposable pen on hand during travel, holidays, or other busy times makes the most sense. For day-to-day care, a reusable pen may offer convenient dosing when you and your loved one are away from home. While at home, the economical syringe may be a reasonable choice.
While a diabetes diagnosis takes some time to get used to, many of the adjustments you’ll make will actually benefit the whole family. And, with time and practice, you can help your loved one manage their diabetes and avoid complications.
(Diabetes Care 2017;40)
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