Do you have to handle the stress of diabetes alone? Dr. Craig B. Frey and Dr. Megan L. Oltmann, the two expert foot doctors at Foot & Ankle Associates of Cleveland, hope that the answer is no. So who’s around to help you get through a life with diabetes? Well, certain members of your team are kind of obvious: first, your primary care physician; second, your podiatrist (Dr. Frey and Dr. Oltmann are qualified choices for anyone living in Portage, Geauga, Cuyahoga, or Summit Counties).
There’s another group of people who can cheer you on as you manage diabetes: your family.
How your family can help
Every year, the World Health Organization (WHO) chooses a theme for World Diabetes Day, which is observed every year on November 14. The theme for 2019 is “Family & Diabetes.” WHO encourages members of families affected by diabetes to:
- Learn the facts about diabetes – what it is and its effects on the body. When your family truly understands the kinds of medical issues you may be facing as a diabetic, they can better empathize and help you with your struggle.
- Be a listening ear. Managing diabetes on your own can wear a person down. Depression is very common among diabetics. It’s very helpful for them to have someone with whom they can share their feelings and frustrations.
- Lend a helping hand. Families can encourage their loved one to ask for help when they need it, and be specific about what that help looks like (managing medications, helping with daily diabetic foot checks, etc.)
Diabetes runs in families
It’s important to be on the lookout for warning signs of diabetes in each other. Symptoms like excessive fatigue, thirst, or urination require a checkup with a doctor.
Diabetes is manageable, especially if you don’t have to go it alone. We hope you find the support you need. You’ll always find caring support and excellent foot care at our podiatry office in Solon, Ohio. Contact us online or call us at (440) 903-1041.