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Advice for my dad and diabetes

(7 Posts)
Footle Fri 14-Dec-12 13:12:17

I'd be surprised if it didn't help, actually. Good luck.

Gosh thanks footie. Misread your suggestion. Had a look at the support website. Will read it properly and suggest it to my dad
He's very good with the computer so will hopefully give it a go.
Thanks x

My dad doesn't discuss things with people. He said they wouldn't be able to help,if he went. That's why I thought of you guys. I have suggested the official diabetes site but again he said it wouldn't help. He's stubborn and scared of not being able to do things anymore.

Footle Thu 13-Dec-12 23:32:21

On the other hand his problem may be nothing to do with his diabetes. Why doesn't he go to the GP to discuss how he's feeling ?

Footle Thu 13-Dec-12 22:50:28

Go to Diabetes-Support.org.uk and use the Introduction section of the forum to explain what's going on and ask for advice. It's run by diabetics for diabetics and is more helpful than most other sources of information. A "healthy" diet is not one-size-fits-all , and there may well be suggestions for changes to his diet or medication that the nurse hasn't thought of. With more info he can go back to the doctor for help.

almondfinger Thu 13-Dec-12 22:49:00

He should possibly eat 6 small meals rather then 3 a day. That way his blood sugar will remain balanced for longer. He should have protein with every meal. So eggs on toast for breakfast, a small hand full of nuts/seeds with some fruit, chicken, lean meat, fish, beans, peas and lentils with his meals. The protein makes the sugar release more slowly, as does good quality fat (olive oil, a little butter, oils in oily fish) and will help to maintain blood sugar balance. Also carry a small bag of trail mix/mixed seeds in his poced on his walks so he has something to munch on should he need it. And of course as we get older we drink less good fluids and more tea/coffee, so ensure he is having plenty of water.

He has had diabetes for about 15 yrs and is in early 70s. He wants to be active but it's getting harder. 30min walk from town and he is almost crawling in front door. He then has to eat almost immediately. He is struggling with almost any activity with his diet. I suggested he speak to the diabetes nurse for advice but get the impression from my mother that they aren't that knowledgable. They eat very healthily so Any suggestions?

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