Caring for parent with diabetes

By jonboy88 Latest Reply 2012-03-26 21:51:19 -0500
Started 2012-03-21 02:01:51 -0500

Hello everyone,
I am looking for more information on cooking foods for a type 1 diabetic. I seem to find limited information on foods that my mother will eat, causing numerous debates on what she can or will eat

11 replies

BobbieNJ1000 2012-03-22 09:35:02 -0500 Report

I'm also with Gabby, and I use the same strategy for myself. I'm a bit of a picky eater, and I sure do love my sweets and other high-carb foods, but being very careful with portions I'm finding that I can eat pretty much anything I really love. (just not much of it!)

It's really important to try to keep food from becoming a huge bone of contention if possible. If you are caring for your mother you'll be able to do a much better job if you can work together; if she resorts to sneaking food that you may not know about it becomes much harder. And if she is elderly, recent advice I've heard from doctors is to work with her preferred diet and provide appropriate insulin coverage.

Talk to her doctor or a CDE about this - more than one if you have to - and find out if it's really necessary to have food wars.

GabbyPA 2012-03-24 13:26:06 -0500 Report

Yep, my grandmother, though not diabetic, had a horrible habit of "sneaking" foods. She did it a lot to feed to the dog! OMG, that poor dog. But older folks do some strange things and keeping her happy up front can be easier than the issues that will pop up with the "sneak" thing going on.

Caroltoo 2012-03-24 14:46:48 -0500 Report

This is so true. I see it with my husband (now 88 and with Alzheimer's). There are battles that just are not worth fighting.

Graylin Bee
Graylin Bee 2012-03-26 20:40:32 -0500 Report

That is a sanity saver when dealing with A. Hopefully we can pick the right battles. My Mom-in-Law had diabetes and alzheimer's She would forget she had eaten seconds after she had eaten. But she never forgot she loved sweets.
At work I am constantly deciding what is most important with 15 different residents in the latter stages of Alzheimer's. Finding humor the resident can respond to seems to make some battles disapear, or can at least redirect the situation a slight bit.

Caroltoo 2012-03-26 21:23:46 -0500 Report

Using humor is a lifesaver at times. I found, for a while at least, that the humor had to be pretty simple and black/white. He seems to be more discerning now, makes some intelligible jokes of his own, and is less concrete.

Graylin Bee
Graylin Bee 2012-03-26 21:29:11 -0500 Report

Humour uses a lot of reasoning to understand. Since reasoning is a skill that Alzheimer's destroys it is a good tool in trying to slow the process a little bit.

Caroltoo 2012-03-26 21:51:19 -0500 Report

He's now back on Namenda and Aricept and off the tylenol which he appears to be allergic to. Twenty-five years ago when he was fully functional, he developed a really extreme reaction to Nyquil. Eventually found it was the tylenol. Didn't know tylenol was in a preparation he has been taking for 12 years. Sorted that out recently and am seeing more clarity. Interestingly, his executive function is reasonably intact, his is primarily short term memory loss. It's odd.

I've also added D3 just recently because he seemed to be worse in the afternoons … less aware. That seems to be helping to. As always, who knows for how long it will help, but he does also have a long cycling depression which with a broken tailbone and a bruised rib kept him in pretty dour straights since the last week of November. Glad to it's looking up; I need a break from the intensity.

jayabee52 2012-03-21 10:34:30 -0500 Report

Howdy Jonboy!
There are a wealth of recipes available to you. Look for the link "recipes" on the upper left of this page.

Gabby offers a great bit of advice when she suggests finding out what your mother WILL eat, and then search for foods/recipes which conform with mom's wishes. That way you will both have a win/win situation going. Less stress for both of you.

Blessings to you and yours

James Baker

GabbyPA 2012-03-21 09:20:13 -0500 Report

Specially taking care of parents, I would start with finding out what she WILL eat and go from there. There are all kinds of ways to work in our favorite foods and then find ways to adjust recipes to keep them in the diet with other compromises.

What are some of the more specific foods in question?

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