By learning about diabetes and sharing this information with the people you support, you can play a critical role in the prevention and management of this disease.
Supporter Article: Preventing and Managing Type 2 Diabetes: This article includes a description of diabetes, including the differences between type 1 and type 2 diabetes. The article explains risk factors for type 2 diabetes, like being overweight or obese, and what can be done to reduce these associated risks. Additionally, the article describes how support persons can help if the individual they support is diagnosed with type 2 diabetes.
Supporter Tool: ADA Checklist for Type 2 Diabetes: This one-page tool developed by the American Diabetes Association is a quick resource for testing an individual's level of risk for developing type 2 diabetes. Download, print, and complete this user-friendly tool with the individuals you support today!
Consumer Tool: Narrated Slide Show - What is Type 2 Diabetes? This video talks about type 2 diabetes. It provides ideas on how to live a healthy life with this disease. It explains what blood sugar is and the signs of low blood sugar and high blood sugar. Finally, it explains what to do if an individual has low or high blood sugar.