My dad, has just been diagnosed as a diabetic. I don't live near my folks but I want to support both of them if I can, at least with information.
My dad is 58 and in decent health but not great health. He's somewhat active but could stand to exercise more. He eats fairly well but is a little heavy on grains. He also is a brewer so there's a decent amount of beer in his diet, but not excessive amounts. His diagnosis came from a sore on his leg that wouldn't heal, they tested him at a clinic and found that he was anemic and his sugars are off. They put him on iron tablets and antibiotics for the injury and the anemia, and metformin to manage the blood sugar.
My dad's a little in denial and doesn't want me to worry. I've advised my mom to get a glucometer so they can see how well his levels are being managed, and have passed along a few tips on diet that friends have given me, such as limiting starches. Now that he's on the metformin he's healing better. Since he's blind (from an injury in childhood) they wanted to put him in protective shoes but he wasn't having any of that. It's my belief that if he watches his diet and monitors his levels, he doesn't have to get wrose and my improve. Am I correct?
So, is there something I could mention that would help him or my mom? Anything I've missed? He's going to take a while to come around to this I think, and not be in denial, so of course I want them to be prepared so his condition doesn't get worse.
I think you are doing just about all you can for your dad and your parents. A good thing you can do is research Type 2 Diabetes so you can understand what your parents are dealing with. WebMD has an excellent Diabetes Health Center here: http://diabetes.webmd.com/default.htm
While Type 2 Diabetes is a progressive disease, there are actions we can take to slow that progression and even reverse the affects. A healthy diet focusing on low-carbohydrate vegetables, lean meats and dairy and whole grains combined with activity are tools we use in the battle. It is something that many people have a hard time accepting when first diagnosed, so give your dad time to adjust.
I hope your dad can effectively manage his Type 2 Diabetes.
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