Chapter 20

Ten Ways to Get Others to Help You

In This Chapter

arrow Teaching friends and loved ones about hypoglycemia

arrow Making sure your primary physician is following the standards of care

arrow Finding an exercise partner

arrow Enlisting other types of help

Diabetes is a social disease. No, I don’t mean that you catch it like herpes. I mean that you can’t continue very long with diabetes without calling on the help and expertise of others. Asking for help is not such a bad thing. People who regularly interact with others seem to live longer and have a higher quality of life.

remember Diabetes has become so pervasive in the United States that practically everyone either knows someone who has diabetes or has it himself. There is a huge, growing body of knowledge about all aspects of diabetes, but you have to be willing to share your diagnosis with others so they can help you. These days I even get new patients when people who know they have diabetes share their diagnosis and symptoms with someone else and ...

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