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I Have A Diabetic With Altzimers Question

I Have A Diabetic With Altzimers Question

My husband with Altzimers has been loosing weight doesn’t eat too much he drinks a lot and pees often. Took him to doctor and blood work says he is diabetic. Nurse said get him in a diabetic diet. I can do that. She said go get insulin and she reads off what to get and syringes and do it three times a day so much per time etc. I said hold it. He is late term Altzimers I’m not doing insulin shots. I will do a diabetic diet for sure but no insulin. I said if doctor has a problem with this have… read more

posted December 23, 2020
A myALZteam Member

Hi, Vicki. I think your nurse is nuts. Definitely one to review with the doc. Both Chris Lewis and I have got our bloods back from diabetic to safe levels by diet. My doctor too wanted me on meds but I declined and went for diet first. This is one of those things we face where what may be right for “normal” people is at least questionable if not downright wrong for people with dementia. If you have doubts, perhaps consult a geriatrician. They seem to be good at taking the holistic wellbeing view. All best, S.

posted December 23, 2020 (edited)
A myALZteam Member

Feed him more protein fewer carbs it will help Stableize his sugar and bring numbers down check out Keto diets he won't understand shots and insulin might make his blood sugar drop protein breaks down slower and doesn't make sugar go up like carbs and sugars do good luck I am diabetic too and eating Keto works great for me. Check cooking Keto with Kristy or reversing diabetes the information is great

posted December 29, 2020
A myALZteam Member

I would get a second opinion. Usually meds are tried before insulin. Ask the doctor. Also ask interactions with other meds he may be having.diet can help. Discuss being late term, what doctors would recommend. Your current doctor should have been more help.

posted December 23, 2020
A myALZteam Member

Diabetic specialist is an Endocrinologist. They will let you know what to do as far as med an insulin. My hubby is insulin type 2 diabetic since '99. He to was on meds at first. But when our son was diagnosed as type 1 we learned a lot more on how to manage diabetes. My husband is now on a insulin pump (yeah no shots) and also now uses a CGM unit from Dexcom G6. These not only helps him but lets us now how his sugars are doing. Let us know how it goes. Hope the Holidays are great!

posted December 24, 2020
A myALZteam Member

Yes - testing for A1C is always done fasting. Hope you’re able to find a doc who specializes in geriatrics. Good luck.

posted December 23, 2020

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