This Diabetes Week we're encouraging you to #TalkAboutDiabetes. To help you out, we're offering top tips for having conversations about diabetes. When your friend or family member has diabetes it's sometimes difficult to know what to say. Our top tips are here to make those conversations easier.
Understand the basics
Diabetes is a complicated condition, with lots of causes and symptoms that can be hard to explain. If you know someone with diabetes and want to talk to them about it, then find out what it’s all about. Take a look at our videos.
Even if you don’t understand the ins and outs of diabetes, sometimes listening is all someone needs from you.
Diabetes can be a very personal and difficult condition to manage. Before ploughing in with lots of questions, be aware that the person may not want to tell you too much, and might not want to talk about it at all. Ask if they mind talking about it first.
They are still the same person
Talk to them in the same way you’ve always talked to them.
Ask what you can do to help. That could mean lots of things, such as not telling other people, eating a similar diet, helping them with their touch the toes tests or simply being there to listen. Whatever the person needs, offer to help.