Angry or guilty
Many of us believe that Type 2 diabetes is something you only get if you are overweight. If the person you care for is overweight, you might feel angry that they “got themselves into this situation”, or even guilty for not encouraging them to be healthier.
The truth is we don’t know yet what exactly causes Type 2 diabetes. While being overweight can increase your chances of developing the condition, so can other things, such as your age or genetics.
While it’s tempting to feel resentful, it won’t change things. Now it’s about making the best of the situation, and this involves the person you care for adopting a healthy lifestyle.
There’s a huge amount of information to take in about what diabetes is, how it is treated and how to manage it. You don’t have to learn everything at once. Our information is broken down into manageable chunks to make things easier.
You might also feel overwhelmed by the responsibility of being a carer for someone with diabetes. We have some guidance on how you can help if you’re not sure what you’re doing, as well as some advice below on how to get support with your caring role.
Diagnosis can be a huge relief if you’ve spent a long time wondering why the person you care for has seemed different, and an even longer time trying to encourage them to see a GP. At least now you know there are things that can be done about it. There is a plan for their treatment, and there are other carers who have been in your position with advice to share.
We’ve got more guidance on coming to terms with someone’s diabetes diagnosis here.
Want to now more about diabetes?
If you’re completely new to diabetes, read our pages on what type 2 diabetes is, how it is diagnosed, and common myths and misconceptions.
Want to understand their treatment?
We’ve got pages explaining insulin, medication, annual reviews, and who’s who in their healthcare team. We also have guidance on making the most of appointments.
Worried you can’t do it on your own?
Take a look at our section on finding further support. It has tips on working out what kind of day to day help someone needs, information on where else you can get this help, and guidance on sharing your role with friends and family. Finally, you might want to look into what support you can get yourself as a carer.
There is lots of support out there for you and the person you care for. You can do this.
Along your journey, we can support you by answering any questions you might have and helping you access the right support. With online information, phone support, and our local expertise, our aim is to make it easier to get support in a system that can feel fragmented and hard to navigate. If this is the kind of support you might be interested in, join us as a member of HERE.