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Question:

From British Columbia, Canada:

My husband (52 years old) has very recently been told by his doctor that he has "mild" diabetes and that he should cut down on things like pop, beer, fruit juice and fruit. Is this all he needs to do? Aren't there any other precautions he should be taking? Glucose testing is still to take place but the whole idea of diabetes seems quite frightening to us right now considering we have been told so little.

Answer:

I frequently say that "mild diabetes" is like being "a little bit pregnant."

  • No, cutting back on foods is not all he needs to do! Meal planning is the basic part of the therapy, but as you are finding out, there's a lot more: blood sugar testing, regular exercise, stress control (when possible), and education about diabetes and the possibility of decreasing complications by aggressive therapy should have been discussed.

  • A dietitian who's knowledgeable about diabetes would make meal planning a lot easier for your husband and for you.

  • Glycohemoglobin measurements on a regular basis will help analyze whether the treatment plan is working.

  • If your husband's physician is unwilling to take the time to educate your husband, he should be referred to a diabetes team that will take the time.

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Original posting 29 Mar 97

  
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