Just joined too my mom has Brittle Diabetes

By eluna Latest Reply 2009-07-15 11:33:38 -0500
Started 2009-07-14 18:21:30 -0500

Hi everyone ,
i just recently joined . I'm a caregiver of a parent who has type II diabetes . I been taking of her since 2001 when she became ill w\ CHF and her diabetes became full blwon in 2005 . She was recently diagnosed w\ brittle diabetes at her last doctor's appointment . It has affected her vision and she been on pills and insulin for awhile now . First she was on pills. Her diabetes gotten worse over the years . I could use some suopprt now that she is now a brittle diabetic.

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John Crowley
John Crowley 2009-07-15 10:07:02 -0500 Report

Welcome to our virtual family. So sorry to hear of your mom's health difficulties. I'm sure it's difficult for both of you.

The term "brittle" is an interesting one. It was used more in the past than it seems to be now. Typically, it seems to be used to describe someone whose blood sugars are difficult to control—making big swings high or low in response to small changes in diet or treatment.

I don't know that there's a lot of research around whether there's a scientific reason for such behavior in blood sugars. But the good news is you've come to a place with lots of good ideas for helping to control things.

Here's just one example of a discussion we've had around healthy eating tips.


And here's one about healthy snacks:

We look forward to hearing more about how your mom is doing. Keep us posted.

kdroberts 2009-07-15 11:33:38 -0500 Report

I think the original term was for type 1's who had huge blood sugar swings. Now it seem to be applied to anyone who has significant swings in blood sugar. Does that sound about right to you?

I'll see if I can find it but there was just some research published about a genetic component of type 1 that may be a marker for unexplained lows. That could possibly open up the research on people who have big swings whilst doing everything 'right'

2009-07-15 07:54:47 -0500 Report

Welcome to this site. I'm sure you will find alot of information and get alot of advice that will come in handy.