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From Idaho, USA:

My father who is 57 years old has been borderline diabetic for about two years but lately his blood sugars have rising dramatically and it looks like he may have to go on insulin if a diet change doesn't work this time. We have been using fructose in our baking and now find that it is as bad as sugar is. Is there a safe sweetener that we can cook with and how much should we regulate him? We have been trying to help him but with the loss of fructose as a alternate we don't know what to bake and cook with.


I would suggest that you find a dietitian in your area who can help you develop a meal plan. There are really no foods your father cannot have, however, a consistent meal plan would be of great benefit in regulating blood sugars. The dietitian would also have some ideas for cooking. By regulating the amounts of foods eaten each meal blood sugars can be more easily controlled. It may be okay for him to continue to use your baked products with fruit, but the amounts of all foods with carbohydrate in them should be kept consistent in the diet. The American Diabetes Association has many cookbooks available and your local library may have some as well.


[Editor's comment: The term "borderline diabetic" is not used much anymore. Sometimes people have mildly elevated blood sugars, which is now called Impaired Glucose Tolerance, but many people with Type 2 diabetes have been misled into thinking their diabetes "isn't serious" if they don't take insulin shots; sometimes we still hear of these people thinking (or being told) they have "borderline diabetes."

In your dad's case, if he has high enough sugars that the doctor is considering insulin therapy, he sure isn't borderline. And, by the way, if your dad's doctor hasn't discussed a trial of diabetes pills, your father should bring up the idea with his doctor. WWQ]

Original posting 16 Apr 1998
Posted to Meal Planning, Food and Diet


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