Boy, this is a difficult situation. You almost always have to have help from the person themselves. His bg numbers are so high that anything you can do will help - however, there is always a however. He is going to have to come to grips with the realities of what he eats. Not having money for the meds is a difficult one many of os face all the time. The bottom line here is medicines or not he has to get this diet in control. Even with the medicines and the diet out of control in will be a lot cause. The meds do not allow eating whatever you want.
The main things you can do is cut out the really bad things - potatoes and high card items like bread. When you cannot afford medicines diet takes on a much more important role just as exercise. It all goes back to what will he eat if he is so particular? I eat some things I absolutely hate... I know there are no other choices for me. Some people would not consider changing their diet. If he cannot get the point that the complications are going to be there if he does not change he is headed for a very sad awakening. This will be a first for me - go to the American Diabetes site. I disgree with them about
almost everything, but - at the point were you are at them should have diet suggestions that would be a lot better than what he is now accepting. Certainly the perfect diet would only be a dream to him at this point - your best bet is to head in that direction as much as he will allow. Maybe he will come to grips with his situation.
Exercise will help he also. I mean serious exercise. It all comes down to what he wants out of life. If he has given up and does not care about
his eye sight or, well, life then it is a very difficult sell. I know a type 2 that takes his meds and eats anything he wants. His only saving grace is that he is extremely active. That in itself will not save him, only slows the progress to where he thinks everything is going fine.
type 2 - dx 12/04
metformin 500mg 3x - avanda 2mg 2x
Post Edited (desertdiabetic) : 12/29/2005 4:48:51 PM (GMT-7)