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Strengthening Connections for Better Diabetes Management

Managing diabetes is a journey, and you don’t have to take it alone.

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If you have diabetes, you might not realize how important friends, family, and community can be for your health. But having strong relationships can help you take better care of your diabetes and may even lead to better health results.

Diabetes can require a great deal of self-management, and family can provide practical support and stress relief as you navigate it all.  Research also shows that finding support from social networks and community organizations can help encourage a healthy lifestyle for people with diabetes. Simply put, when you feel supported by others in your life, it can improve your well-being and ability to cope with diabetes-related challenges.

Managing diabetes is a journey, and you don’t have to take it alone. These Microsteps can help you strengthen your social support. As always, consult with your care team for recommendations and guidelines that can be tailored for you.

Join a diabetes support group. Connect with others who understand the challenges and can relate to your experience. Sharing experiences and tips can provide you with validation, community, and practical advice.

Put a community event on your calendar today. Whether it’s a local charity walk or a health fair, participating in diabetes-related community events can build connections and promote a sense of belonging.

Make a plan to volunteer with a local diabetes group. Giving back is a great way to introduce yourself to people who are also on a diabetes journey and build up your support network.

Tell one person you trust how they can support you on your diabetes journey. The people closest to you may want to help, but might not know where to begin. Let them know one thing they can do that will make a difference in your life. 

Invite another person with diabetes over to cook together. Invite friends or family members to cook a diabetes-friendly meal. It's a fun way to spend time together over foods you can all enjoy.

Start a group text with others who have diabetes. They can help cheer you on, support you through setbacks, and talk openly about health matters you might not be comfortable discussing with most people. 

Ask someone you trust to come with you to doctor’s appointments. Having a trusted person with you can help you feel less alone. Let them know how they can best support you — for example, if you want to talk or if you simply want them to drive you to and from the appointment.

Today, reach out to another person with diabetes and ask how you can support them. Connecting with someone on a similar health journey can be a powerful start. Your common ground can pave the way to meaningful conversations and deeper ways to support each other.

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