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Health Tip: If You're a Diabetes Caregiver

Educate and care for yourself, too

(HealthDay News) -- Being a diabetes caregiver is a tough but rewarding job. Just like many responsibilities, it takes training and practice to do it well.

The American Diabetes Association suggests:

  • Learn as much as you can about the disease. Depend on your loved one's care team for advice and guidance.
  • Don't make too many big changes at once. Make small changes gradually, and with the help of your loved one.
  • Be encouraging and supportive, but take care that you don't nag.
  • Create small goals for your loved one. This may mean deciding to take a daily walk together. Offer help, but only if you can follow through.
  • Take time to care for yourself. Seek support from other caregivers and find ways to minimize stress.

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