If your husband is complaining about the cost of the meds and test strips, then Im guessing you don't have health insurance. Actually for what diabetes meds, and checkups cost, you might be better paying for the insurance out of your own pocket.
To answer your question, the quickest way to get his blood sugar back under control is with medication. At 500 mg/dL there is NO WAY that diet and exercise is going to get him under control. Now, more to the point. The potatoes have to go, no if ands or buts! The are a major sugar producer in your body and not helping him one bit. The diet drinks should also go if he has a weight problem as they are a major cause of weight gain.
Again, I can sit here and give you all the diet and exercise advice in the book but none of it is going to help him get under control!! He NEEDS MEDICAL HELP and needs it soon. With sugars ranging that high medication is THE ONLY WAY he will get to a normal range and get there quickly!
Thank you warren,
He is on medication,, Starlix, and its worked so well, till he started skipping around eating things he shouldnt. So, now it back to a strict diet, thanks so much for your reply.:) Peppertrree
Peppertree, No potatoes - his sugar will zoom the minute he eats any. Eat low glycemic index foods - can be found in low carb books (check out Dr. Atkins books for starters) since that is what low carbs is all about - eating carbs low on the glycemic index since high glycemic index carbs shoot one's blood sugar through the roof! Also, and I can't stress enough - start with 1/2 tsp of cinnamon daily (put into pan on stove and add 1/2 cup-3/4 cup of water to the 1/2 tsp of cinnamon and bring to a boil - immediately pour into a cup for about 10-15 minutes and then strain out the liquid (discard the cinnamon left in the strainer as it can be carcinogenic.
if taken in the dry form)) and use that with some milk or tea or whatever you like to drink in the am, maybe even coffee or unsweetened hot chocolate and proceed to drink the concoction - this will bring down the glucose level up to 30%. I know this works because I have been doing this for years and so far so good. I'm not sure how well doctors understand the cinnamon connection as my own doctor said he had never heard of it. I told him to check it out and that it works for me. I am not diabetic and plan to keep it that way. Losing weight can only help him. Only a 10% weight loss coupled with some form of exercise 3 times a week (try walking) and follow the above and I 'm pretty sure your husband will do much, much better.
To sum it up:
2.Eat only low glycemic foods
4.Lose 10% of his weight
5.Exercise 3 times a week
This regimen should save his life! And anyone else with high blood sugar! Pass it on!