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  • Q&A with Australian Health Practitioners

    How can I support my husband who's been diagnosed with Type 2 Diabetes?

    I feel so anxious and confused but I want to support him. What can I do?
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    Carolien Koreneff

    Counsellor, Credentialled Diabetes Educator (CDE), Diabetes Educator, Psychotherapist, Registered Nurse

    Carolien Koreneff is a Somatic (body-oriented) psychotherapist, Health Coach, Counsellor as well as a Credentialed Diabetes Educator with over 20 years experience. She currently sees … View Profile

    First and foremost you need to educate yourself about Diabetes by seeking out information. A great service available to carers of p[people living with diabetes is an initiative by the Australian Diabetes Counsel called Condiab. If you call Diabetes Australia or the Diabetes Council, they should be able to give information about the service which aims to educate people with a basic understanding of diabetes. It includes information about dietary issues as well, which I assume is the biggest issue. I think educating yourself is probably the best way to release anxiety.

  • Claire Kerslake

    Credentialled Diabetes Educator (CDE), Diabetes Educator

    Claire Kerslake is a Credentialed Diabetes Educator, Registered Nurse and Health Coach based in Deniliquin in country New South Wales. Claire is the founder of … View Profile

    In addition to Carolien's great advice, I would also accompany your husband to his appointments with the dietitian and diabetes educator.  This will ensure that you are on the same page with regards to the recommendations.

    There is also a lot you can do to support your husband.  It can be very hard if your husband is having to adjust his diet and cut out processed foods such as biscuits and cakes.  Going through the cupboards and getting rid of tempting food and also not bringing it into the house can really help support him if he is having to make changes in this area.

    If he has not been exercising regularly, perhaps thinking about whether this is something that you can do together?  Also, perhaps asking your husband how he would like you to support him might also be a good thing to do.  Setting a good example yourself with healthy eating and exercise can be a very practical way that you can support your husband as well.

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