My dad has diabetes but so far my mother has kept it under control (dad doesn’t have to take insulin) because she regulates his diet. She is very careful about what she cooks and researches all the time what carbohydrates are in what foods and what amount of what is good for dad. She tries to keep his glucose levels in check by diet and by having him check and record his glucose levels daily (or more often if need be). Because she is so dedicated to keeping dad healthy, it has slowed the progress of the many complications that diabetes can present. For a while I really thought mom was going overboard, but all of her hard work has totally paid off! It is not easy, she makes a lot of sacrifices, but she wants dad around as long as possible!
When the term tight diabetes control is mentioned, this means that mom is keeping dad’s blood glucose level as “non-diabetic” as she possibly can. For the proper blood glucose levels, please refer to the diabetes website. What you have to keep in mind is that the target number for glycated hemoglobin level for a person with diabetes will depend on the type of test each doctor’s lab uses.
In order to maintain the proper levels, mom visits with dad’s doctors to make sure her goals match his. When dad’s levels get out of whack, the best thing for my parents to do is not panic; maintaining a normal level all the time is not even practical, but making sure they know how to get the levels back into order is the most important thing. When dad’s blood glucose level lowers, complications are prevented.
By learning about all of this, I will be able to help mom and all of the other seniors in my care because With Age Comes Respect!