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MidnightEffect
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   Posted 5/16/2006 2:55 AM (GMT -7)   
Hey all,
 
I have a friend with diabetes, I know almost nothing about It but I want to help him. Today at work he told me he had stopped eating for five days. It broke me when he told me. I didn't know what to say or what he should do about it. He has lost a little bit of weight but he is just going to gain it back plus some more. I'm wondering how I should help him connect him with resources and stuff like that.
 
I hope someone will reply,
 
Midnight  

Hoping2BWell
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   Posted 5/16/2006 7:55 AM (GMT -7)   

Hey Midnight tongue !

Nice to meet you!

To help a friend who is hurting, just be there and give moral support, a listening ear and a shoulder if needed. To help a friend in need of losing weight, this is not so easy. Let him know that you understand it is not easy, and that his PCP (Primary Care Physician) would be happy to set him up with a nutritionist to go over sensible diet and a regiment of eating that is just right for him and his diabetes.

Exercise is very important for weight and diabetes control. yeah If you have time, offer to go on walks with your friend. Light exercising to start is always good, with a chance to build it into a good routine.

Sensible diet and exercise is not only good for weight control, but also for his diabetes.

God bless and good luck!

Madelyn


Jeannie143
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   Posted 5/16/2006 9:32 AM (GMT -7)   
Midnight,

If I had a friend who was having problems with their diabetes I would offer to go to nutrition classes with him as his significant other. Two heads are better than one when it comes to listening and understanding meal portions and carbohydrate counts. His classes should be covered by his insurance. IF not try to see if there are classes available at a nearby university. Sometimes the med students need to teach diabetics for their training. Also, your county health department may have classes as well.

The fact that he is not eating may mean he doesn't know where to turn or how to get his numbers in line. He may need a new doctor who is more understanding and helpful. You might want to propose this to him. Please tell him you are doing this 'interferring' out of friendship, not meddling. Hopefully he will understand. You can also just point him in our direction. We have lots of people in all phases of diabetic control who are all helping each other. I hope we get to meet him soon.
~ Jeannie

"People are like stained glass windows: They sparkle and shine when the sun's out, but when the darkness sets in, their true beauty is revealed only if there is light within."

- Elizabeth Kubler-Ross


MidnightEffect
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   Posted 5/17/2006 5:18 PM (GMT -7)   
Ok, thank you Jeannie and Madelyn. This really helps alot, he has been giving me little hints, like a silent cry for help. Now I know what to tell him. And I will also tell him about this site.

Thank you so much

Hoping2BWell
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   Posted 5/17/2006 6:30 PM (GMT -7)   
Hi tongue Midnight,
 
Your friend is lucky to have a person like you to care for him! His doctor (PCP) should connect him with a nutritionist if he asks. Also, does he have insurance? Most insurance policies have a Diabetes "Wellnes Nurse" who would call him monthly or so, see how he is doing, answer any questions he might have, and offer advice on  diet, exercise, keeping his "numbers" in order, (etc.) Make sure you ask him these things! If his insurance does not have a Diabetes "Wellness Nurse", or if he does not have insurance, he should find a Diabetes site such as this one on the Web. (I hope he has a computer.) He could ask questions on the forum, or find out about the disease on the site. He has a treasure chest of information on the Internet! There are libraries where he could research. His PCP should have leaflets of some sort regarding Diabetes.
 
Let us know how this works out!
 
God bless,
 
Madelyn
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