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scruffman posted:
Was wondering what would cause my Dads' sugar to yo-yo.
He his 70yrs old w/type 2 diabetes. He is slightly overweight, does little excercising. and (only) recently started watching what he eats. He was instructed by his nurse to take insulin for 2wks 3xs a day.
At times his sugar appears normal. then it drops/elevates so soon that he is caught off guard. His sugar is high in the am and LOW in the evening or vice versa.

**Also was wondering if fruit (mainly melons) is a wise choice for diabetics.
Thank you for your input, I m leaving now to purchase a diabetic book on foods/meals.

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krhudson responded:
Hi Scruffman,

What kind of Insulin did the nurse put him on? And is it
short term just to try it out and adjust the doses as needed?

Best to log his blood sugars in the AM and every meal and
bed time along with the food he ate and exercise that he did
and times that he did it. When done,see if you can either fax
or scan those readings to the Dr. daily so they can immediately
adjust the dose if needed. The ups and downs have to be
figured out by the amounts of carbs and exercise per day.
The biggest problem would be going to low over night.

Melons are higher in sugar. A small amount of melon is fine.
2 of the best fruits are Strawberries and Blueberries a little
past moderation in amounts.

Exercise is also extremely important as part of Diabetes
Management. Ask dad to set up a program with the Dr.
as what his current health will allow for maximum
exercise he can do. Once he starts and watches the
weight go off (since he is on portion control now for diet), the
results will be amazing and he will feel a lot better.

I think it would also be a great idea to set him up with a
Dietitian for the amounts of Whole grains, Protein, carbs and
dairy he can have per day.

The last positive thing I can say is for him not to be afraid
to change his eating habits and getting some exercise since
it is something we should all be doing in the first place to
stay healthy

krhudson


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