My dad

By Anonymous Latest Reply 2011-10-11 23:39:26 -0500
Started 2011-08-24 11:34:09 -0500

Hey, I don't know what to do. I joke around about my diabetes all the time, but I would never wish it on some one. The monster has just struck again in my family. Yesterday my dad was diagnosed as type 2. We caught it early, because we have had to deal with this before to deal with this before, and my dad can't hide it from us when he feels bad. The thing is, I have only dealt with type 1 for 11 years. Is there any differences in the care you take with type 1 and type 2. Any help would be lovely because I'm the "nurse" around here and am expected to know it all.

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GabbyPA 2011-08-24 20:55:51 -0500 Report

Here are some good videos on the two types. They are very similar, but the treatment of them differs because type 1 is the lack on insulin and type 2 is generally (not always) a resistance to insulin that the body produces. I hope these will help:

Type1Lou 2011-08-24 13:15:21 -0500 Report

While the medications for Types 1 and 2 may be different, healthy diet and exercise are both critical factors in gaining control of blood sugars. Does your Dad have a weight problem? How active is he? Is he accepting his diagnosis or is he in denial? Making him aware of the effect carbs have on blood glucose might be a good first step to take and then examining his diet. Good luck and wishing you strength and courage to deal with this.

Anonymous 2011-08-24 13:34:15 -0500 Report

Thanks, its genetic for us, but yes. My grandfather and uncle, my dads dad and brother, are both diabetics. Like with certian heart conditions in the family, it a matter of time. He's accepting it ok. Well he's more resigned than anything.

Type1Lou 2011-08-24 14:01:46 -0500 Report

My Dad developed his diabetes at age 61 in 1953. He lived for another 20 years with it. I grew up watching him give himself his U-40 Protomine Zinc Insulin shots and testing his urine every morning. I developed my Type 1 at age 27. Dad and I are the only ones in the extended family that I'm aware of with diabetes. I've found that I get the best results when I tightly control the amount of carbs I'm eating…the lower, the better my BG's. I have 30 grams of carb for breakfast and try to stay at 45 grams each for lunch and dinner. It's not an easy diet but it works for me.

annesmith 2011-10-11 23:39:26 -0500 Report

HI…I think you might remember me from the posts of the man who has LADA…I do not have LADA, but, I was wondering what you think of this: I was diagnosed type 1 at age 26 by an excellent internist…He wrote me a prescription for Humalog. I did not get it filled, because I was so poor I was not getting hardly anything to eat at ALL…I was literally over half starved for an entire 7 months at my apartment. He said my A1c was an 8 and my triglycerides were very high—-150 at that time. He died, and somehow my medical record got LOST by the office. So, I ended up walking atrociously , hardly eating at all for another 2 years…To make a kind of long story short, I go to another internist when I am 34, and he takes the bloodwork, says I am severe severe severe brittle type 2, but he was not completely sure…he runs bloodwork, says my diabetes hardly showed up at all in my A1C, so he ran some other tests, and on one of the tests, he said it was a terrible terrible reading—-I don't remember the name of the test——so, he tried me on Metformin to see how my body would react to it——my pancreas rejected it, I land in the E.R. —-in short summary, my blood sugar went from 68 to 701—-I started going comotose, they had to give me insulin ——In the meantime, I did not get that prescription filled after they gave me a few shots in the E.R., because, I was scared to death I might go too low—-they said I responded beautifully to the insulin——I still had too little food in my refrig then, too—-so, in the meantime, I go with nothing the last 6 years—-they took an x-ray of my pancreas and said it showed I am clearly allergic to the natural sugar my body produces in itself. I have seizures from diabetes—-have since age 2. In the meantime, I got TURNED AWAY completely by the internist's office because I could not keep up with the payments. So, now, 6 years later, I sit with no doctor at all———I tried a clinic doctor about a year ago, and not only did they LOSE my medical record 4 times, but they deliberately turned their head on all my numbers——I am furious, wondering, why in the HECK does my medical record keep getting lost ———I feel ignored, and downright hurt. I'm TIRED of going through this —someone tried to get into my medical records on top of all this about 2 years ago—-yes, IDENTITY THEFT—-sorry about my anger and bitterness——some woman tried to STEAL my identity, another doctors office figured it out——and for an entire 1-2 years, it was in my record that I am not diabetic at ALL——no wonder some of the clinic nurses gave me such a strange look——I am looking for an endo——much harder to find one locally than I thought. What do I do to find an excellent internist or endo? Sounds like a dumb question—-I am just wondering why in GOD'S given name I keep getting pushed away, ignored, or sheer BAD LUCK. I have a left foot that has been ulcerated for over 3 months——it's been a bad foot for me since age 2. The next thing I am going to do is talk to a counselor—-about why I keep on having my medical records lost——-the clinic I was SO angry at, words cannot express—I will never go back there again. I got copies made of my record—-my diabetic diagnosis , everything, and they deliberately LOST it!!!!! Four times is atrocious —I could understand once or twice, THEN, when I approached them about it, they LIED to me——I was astounded. I am wondering if the identity theft person is still trying me——-I will personally file charges if she continues. SORRY FOR THE LENGTH—————-what is your suggestion? My entire LEFT LEG is in bad shape——I had diagnosed pancreatitis in high school, which left me sick for 3 weeks. I was almost admitted for kedoacidosis last year, the year before and the year before. Sincerely, ANNE

realsis77 2011-08-24 13:08:51 -0500 Report

Hi. As for the "care" for type 1 and type2. It depends on the person and their treatment plan. I an type two and I take a 24 hour insulin in the am then I take a fast acting insulin after my meals. So my treatment would be closer to a type 1s. Some type 2 only take pills and they are fine. I tried the pills and ran 300 to 400 while taking them so they did not work for me. Needless to say I needed insulin. Some type 2 do not need insulin. It all depends on the person and their bodys. Of corse we have to watch our carbs and all the same so our levels don't rise. I'm not sure if the pills will work or not for your father but many type 2 only take their pill and watch their diet and they are fine. Type 2 like me have to use the insulin just like you until you get his treatment plan worked out its hard to say. Hopefully he will be able to take the pill and not need the injections as we do. Please keep us posted on how he's doing ok? And let us know his treatment plan. I wish you the very best. God bless

Anonymous 2011-08-24 13:31:00 -0500 Report

Thanks. He's starting off on pills. Diabetes runs in the family on that side. His dad, my grandfather, is type two and my uncle, his brother, is type 1. We all actually see the same doctor.

realsis77 2011-08-24 15:24:17 -0500 Report

Your so sweet to take care of your father like that! He must be very proud of you! Now you can all help each other and be a support system for one another! Yes my grandfather also had diabetes as well as my grandmother. Neither of my parents do nor does my brother so I expect I got the gene from my grandparents. I sure hope the pills work out well for your father! I'm not sure why they did not work for me? I suspect my panceras is not producing insulin as it should! But as long as I take my insulin I'm doing well and my numbers are good.

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