According to the Center for Disease Control, one in two Hispanic men and women are predicted to develop diabetes at some point in their lifetime. Diet and exercise are the foundation to preventing it. It’s important to find a healthy meal plan that’s suitable to you, so that you can commit and follow it long term.

It’s also important to check your dashboard: Monitor weight and cholesterol to detect any warning signs of diabetes, and learn what you could do better going forward. But what can you do when you’re hit with a diagnosis?

“For the family and friends of a diabetes patient, support is crucial, and comes in many forms.”

Get educated

Once a diagnosis is made, there are some key pieces of information you should discuss with your doctor. First, you should learn what your target blood sugar level it is.

Next, you should learn how to monitor your level, and how many time a day you should check it. It’s also crucial that you spend time with your doctor learning how to take your medication correctly.

Finally, ask your doctor about emergency precautions should you miss taking your medication for some reason.

Family support

For the family and friends of a diabetes patient, support is crucial, and comes in many forms. A crucial means of support is by accompanying your loved one to doctor visits, especially so you can learn about changing food needs in your home. Most importantly, talk to your loved one about how he or she would like to receive support, and how your family can prepare and respond to certain situations.