Why do I need family and friends on my diabetes treatment team?

Family and friends should be an essential part of your diabetes treatment team. In addition to learning all that they can about the disease and providing support and caring, they can help lead up your treatment team, especially during periods of crisis, especially when you are depressed.

If you are depressed, you are less likely to care for yourself, including taking medications, eating healthy and exercising.

It is important to designate a family member or friend who is willing to lead your treatment team, either every day if they are willing and able, or especially during times when you are unable, like when you are suffering from serious depression.

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Diabetes mellitus (MEL-ih-tus), often referred to as diabetes, is characterized by high blood glucose (sugar) levels that result from the body’s inability to produce enough insulin and/or effectively utilize the insulin. Diabetes ...

is a serious, life-long condition and the sixth leading cause of death in the United States. Diabetes is a disorder of metabolism (the body's way of digesting food and converting it into energy). There are three forms of diabetes. Type 1 diabetes is an autoimmune disease that accounts for five- to 10-percent of all diagnosed cases of diabetes. Type 2 diabetes may account for 90- to 95-percent of all diagnosed cases. The third type of diabetes occurs in pregnancy and is referred to as gestational diabetes. Left untreated, gestational diabetes can cause health issues for pregnant women and their babies. People with diabetes can take preventive steps to control this disease and decrease the risk of further complications.

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