Advice to Caretakers of a Patient With Diabetes

Peanut butter meltaway cakeI am participating in Wego Health’s National Health Blog Post Month. Today’s topic is, “Write about your advice for someone caring for a patient with your condition.”

As a caregiver, you should take the time to learn as much about diabetes that you can. There are a lot of things that can cause a person’s blood sugar to go up or down. If the person that you are caring for is able to understand what is going on, they need to be an integral part of their care and included in any and all decisions. You can recommend things, but don’t force. You also need to listen to what they tell you about their usual routine and how they do things. It is their body, not yours.

Contrary to what some people may believe, there really isn’t a “diabetic diet” that the person must follow. They may have other health issues that influence their diet and those should be considered. If the person wants to follow low carb, they aren’t going to drop over dead. Don’t lecture them that low carb is bad. At the same time, if they want a piece of cake, that is their right to have a piece of cake so let them have what they want. It is their choice what they want to eat, not yours.

You should know that some people get angry when their blood sugar is low or high. Don’t take it personally if they are mean all of a sudden. Take that as a sign their blood sugar is out of whack and needs to be checked.

My advice is for caring for adults, not for parents of diabetic children. A child doesn’t necessarily know or understand the consequences of their decisions and a parent is responsible for making those choices. I think as a child gets older, they should be a part of decisions made, but a parent should have veto rights on bad decisions.

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