Support for family and friends

Long term conditions: Support for family

You can support your friend or family member to live well with type 2 diabetes, by encouraging them to take gentle exercise, eat healthy well balanced meals, attend regular appointments with their GP and take their medication as directed.

People with type 2 diabetes can suffer from anxiety and depression. If your friend or relative is showing any of the following symptoms, they may have anxiety and/or depression:

  • Low mood
  • Irritability
  • Having trouble sleeping (not related to breathlessness)
  • Being overly emotional, ie crying for no reason
  • Inability to concentrate
  • Worried all the time
  • Loss of interest in activities and pleasures they would normally enjoy.

You can help them by talking to them about how they feel and what they are worried about.

If they live in Greenwich, you can suggest they call the Greenwich Time to Talk service to see if the Time to Talk Long Term Conditions course is right for them.