It is much easier for people to manage their diabetes when they have the support of their friends and family. Diabetes can be a difficult disease to handle alone and there are many things you can do to help someone you care about.

One thing you can do is learn about diabetes and how people can live well with diabetes. Not only will this show how much you care, but it will make you a much more useful part of the conversation.

Ask your loved one to teach you about how he or she is managing diabetes. Join a diabetes support group - in person or online. You can check with your local hospital or health clinic to find one. Read about diabetes online and visit your local library for books about diabetes. Ask your loved one's health care team how you can learn more about managing diabetes.

Perhaps most important of all, you can ask your loved one about how they are coping with diabetes and what you can do to help. Here are a few questions you can ask:

What else can you do to help? Try some of these tips:

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