It's complex and complicated? Not necessarily. If your husband is diagnosed with diabetes, there's an opportunity for you to follow a healthier lifestyle or vice versa.
You must take care of and support your husband in living a healthy life in order to manage his diabetes. Well, rather than depressed, why don't you follow the lifestyle of your diabetes husband? Many stories of diabetics, how finally all family members participate in a low-calorie diet and become active exercising, never drink soda at all, and the main food also turns to brown rice.
Don't let him undergo the disease alone. The more isolated he is, the more uncontrolled his condition is. Always provide support for him so that his efforts to control blood sugar can be optimal.
Support from all family members for him will make diabetes management more successful. He's more likely to go on a healthy diet and be more obedient in treatment when the family supports him. Psychologically he's also more prosperous than diabetics who don't get family support.
Having a diabetes partner makes you live healthier, especially in terms of diet. You always accompany him in the morning or evening after dinner, and this joint activity further strengthens your marriage ties.
Your support is everything that makes him live healthier. If you haven't got family support, don't give up. There are many ways to get family support, which is important in managing diabetes. Check out the following four things.
1. Talk with family members
If you feel struggling alone, for example, only you and him who eat healthy alone while other family members are free to eat anything, and even order unhealthy food at home, try talking. Explain slowly that diabetes can come because of unhealthy eating habits. Who knows they'll realize and join you to eat healthier. Bad disputes can damage relationships. So it's important to discuss it with all family members.
2. Don't avoid those who don't agree
Keep maintaining good relationships without having to follow other people's eating and drinking habits. Someone's reference to eating can influence others both negative and positive. If you're friends with those who like to eat burgers and pizzas, it doesn't mean you have to stay away from them. Stay friends. It's just another activity besides eating.
3. Get support outside the family
If you have difficulty getting support at home, try searching for diabetic, diet or eating disorder communities. It may be that you'll get friends who're also struggling with the effort to change your diet. Joining a sports club is also very good to help you stay active.
4. Ask for help if he feels depressed
Psychological or mental health counseling is very good at helping him who feels alone, anxious and stressed. Try to invite your husband to consult a psychologist or psychiatrist so that you know what he wants from you.
It's not difficult to follow your partner's healthy habits if it's done in good faith and gradually. If your partner remains healthy and productive, of course, you and all family members also feel happy. So keep supporting the person closest to you in managing diabetes. Don't let him be isolated.