CDC - Centers for Disease Control and Prevention  NIDDK - National Institute of Diabetes and Digestive and Kidney Diseases

NDEP is a partnership of the National Institutes of Health, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, and more than 200 public and private organizations.

You are here: NDEP Home>Publications

Help a Loved One with Diabetes

Download This Publication (NDEP-57)

Want this item now? Download it here:

Help a Loved One with Diabetes

Help a Loved One with Diabetes: Black &White- Online Only

Print this Publication (NDEP-57)

To print large quantities of a publication, you can order printer-ready files for $20 each by calling 1-800-860-8747.

Order this Publication (NDEP-57)

To order a copy of this publication, select quantity and "add to cart".

Show order info Hide order info

Single copies up to 10 copies, free. Each additional package of 10, $2. Limit 100 copies (10 packages).

Also available in these languages:

Spanish

View Entire NDEP Catalog »

Help a Loved One with Diabetes

This tip sheet provides practical suggestions for helping loved ones with diabetes. It also lists organizations that can help.

In addition to a downloadable file (PDF) of the two-color tip sheet, an online only, black &white PDF version is available for ease of printing. Also available in Spanish.

Also available in these languages:

Spanish

Last reviewed: 02/02/2012


There are many things you can do to help your loved one—a family member or friend—with diabetes. Use these tips to get started today.

Learn about diabetes.

There is a lot to learn about living well with diabetes. Use what you learn to help your loved one manage his or her diabetes.

  • Join a support group about living with diabetes. Check with your doctor, hospital or area health clinic.
  • Read about diabetes online.
    For help go to www.YourDiabetesInfo.org
  • Ask your loved one’s diabetes health care team how you can learn more.

Talk to your loved one about coping with diabetes.

  • What things are hard for him or her to manage?
  • What things are easy?
  • Does your loved one set self-care goals?
  • How does he or she stay on track to reach these goals?
  • How can you help with diabetes care tasks?
  • Does your loved one feel down sometimes?
  • What can you do to help him or her feel better?
  • Does your loved one talk to his or her doctor or other health care team members about feeling down?

Find out what your loved one needs.

Ask your loved one:

  • What do I do that helps you with your diabetes?
  • What do I do that makes it harder for you to manage your diabetes?
  • What can I do to help you more than I do now?

Find ways to help.

Nagging will not help either you or your loved one.
When you have found one way to help, add another way.

If it fits his or her lifestyle, you could offer to help your loved one

  • figure out how to manage diabetes in his or her daily life
  • keep track of visits to the health care team
  • make a list of questions for the health care team
  • go on a visit to his or her health care team
  • find where to buy healthy, low-cost foods
  • prepare tasty, healthy meals
  • find a safe place to walk or to be more active

Diabetes is a hard disease to handle alone.

You can have a big effect on how well your loved one copes with diabetes. Get started today.

Where to go for more help:

National Diabetes Education Program
1-888-693-NDEP (1-888-693-6337) or www.YourDiabetesInfo.org

For help with self-care goals, visit Diabetes HealthSense and click on Make a Plan.

American Association of Diabetes Educators
1-800-338-3633 or www.diabeteseducator.org

American Diabetes Association
1-800-DIABETES (1-800-342-2383) or www.diabetes.org

Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics
1-800-877-1600 or www.eatright.org

National Institute of Diabetes and Digestive and Kidney Diseases’ National Diabetes Information Clearinghouse
1-800-860-8747 or www.diabetes.niddk.nih.gov

Centers for Disease Control and Prevention Diabetes
1-800-CDC-INFO (1-800-232-4636) or www.cdc.gov/diabetes

^ top

In This Section
Find Publications for Me
How to use this hide info

To find publications specific to your search, select from the options provided below. To view more publications, select fewer options. At least one option must be selected.

Privacy Statement