Ask the Expert: Supporting a Friend Who is Newly Diagnosed

Last updated: April 2022

After receiving the question below from a community member, we decided to ask our experts for their advice about supporting a friend newly diagnosed with type 2 diabetes:

How can I help support a friend who is newly diagnosed with type 2 diabetes?

Here's what Meryl and Kelly had to say:

Response from Meryl

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Dear community member,

It is wonderful that you want to support your friend. Adjusting to a new diagnosis, such as type 2 diabetes, can feel overwhelming at times. Having the support of family and friends can make a huge difference.

First and foremost: be a good listener. Many times people just need to vent, and to be able to do so without feeling judged.

Next, be supportive of the diet and lifestyle changes that your friend is trying to make. If your friend is trying to go for a walk every day, offer to join them. If your friend is coming over for dinner, ask if there is anything special you can purchase or make to help them stay on track with their diet.

Response from Kelly


You are a good friend to want to offer your support. In addition to your friend speaking with their doctor, these articles may be helpful:

Please let us know your questions and please refer your friend to our site if they have questions or are seeking support.

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