From Burnaby, British Columbia, Canada:
My 82 year old mom, who has had diabetes for a little over two years and takes insulin, is visiting us from Guatemala, Central America. I'm following her diet, but for the past month and a half, I've noticed that her sugar levels are high (morning -- 9.5-11.8 mmol/L [171-212 mg/dl]; evening -- 12.6-16.7 mmol/L [227-301 mg/dl]). I'm concerned and puzzled about it. What can I do to lower them down? Since she is in a wheelchair, so she cannot do too much exercise. Is there a way to check if her diet or the amount of insulin are the right ones?
It sounds like her insulin needs to be increased if these high sugars persist. I do not know if they have always been this way or they have become high recently with her visit to see you.
I would suggest you have her see a physician to help adjust her insulin more appropriately. A blood test called a hemoglobin A1c can be done to see what her average blood sugar has been like over the last three months.
Original posting 19 Feb 2002
Posted to Daily Care
Last Updated: Tuesday April 06, 2010 15:09:30
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