How to help hubby with newly diagnosed type 2 diabetic

By shortysmalls Latest Reply 2012-06-17 08:20:53 -0500
Started 2012-06-15 02:25:17 -0500

hey, have a question for everyone: how do you help a spouse who has been diagnosed with type 2 diabetes( like diagnosed today) his labs showed all was good but his A1C was 6.5 which isnt good. Dr prescribed 500 mg metaformin once a day, told him to exercise, watch diet, no excess sugar etc but thats bout it. He is one not liking to take meds and just got him to take his bp meds everyday. I know was hard for me to deal with and he supported me so want to do right by him any suggestions?

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Dr Gary
Dr GaryCA 2012-06-16 21:21:55 -0500 Report


It is often hard to get a spouse to be compliant with diet and lifestyle changes. Nobody likes to change.

You might start out by taking the positive approach. Remind him of how much you care about him, and how you want him to be at his best so that you can keep enjoying life together. Ask him if there is any way that you can help him to live with his diabetes and take the best possible care of himself. Tell him that you want to team up with him to keep the diabetes under control. You might also tell him that you aren't going to stand by and watch him let diabetes get the best of him, because he is too important to you.

I wish you the best! Your husband is lucky to have in in his court!


shortysmalls 2012-06-17 08:12:28 -0500 Report

thanks for the support. Hes been there for me when I was first diagnosed with type tow diabetes gong on 7 yrs now so now its my turn to help hi. Will keep reminding him on how much i care and help him any way i can. and yes want him around for a long time. will keep reminding him of stuff and suupport him all i can

harry1 2012-06-16 19:24:22 -0500 Report

Hey shorty tell him to take it, when they first told me my was at a 6.9 and that was in 2006 six years later it is at a 13.9 and that was on april 30th of this year. My doctor had me go to the er and i had to spend a week in icu at the time i also had the flu type a and b but she wanted me in there more for the diabetes. The er and icu nurses told me that 95% of the people with a A1C that high usually come in on a streater and they could no belive that i walked in that high. In the 6 weeks since i have been out my A1C is at a 13.6. I will tell him he don't want to go on insulin i test up to 8 times a day and i have to give myself at least 4 shots a day (which suxs) plus the pills. You have to encouge him to take the pill. i think most of us on here wishes that is all they would have to take is 1 pill.

Just Joyce
Just Joyce 2012-06-15 11:37:55 -0500 Report

Hi shorty. I jumped for joy when my a1c got to 6.5. With a change in the amount of carbs he eats, exercise and weight loss he might be able to get off the met probably before the year is over. Be supportive and he should be fine. He may have an adjustment period with the diet change don't stress things will work out.

Caroltoo 2012-06-15 08:50:41 -0500 Report

Exercise does really help and so do relatively small changes in diet … like reducing the carbs in a meal.

Nick1962 2012-06-15 08:32:08 -0500 Report

An A1c of 6.5? Just my 2 cents, but I'm thinking that if he just changed his diet a bit and got even a little exercise, he'd have that down to 6 in no time (like before his next doctor visit) and off any meds. Sounds like his doctor is one of those that doesn't believe in the term "pre-diabetic"