I was diagnosed with type 2 diabetes about 2002. My father and his brothers are all insulin diabetics and when my doctor wanted to do blood work I asked him to also check my A1C. It was a good hunch and got me trying to keep my sugar under control before it was bad enough to show symptoms.
I am married into a family of Norwegians who love sugar at every turn. I always heard they had the biggest sweet tooths in the world and my experience with the extended family of inlaws confirms that. My wife literally measures her sugar for her coffee with a measuring cup. The family reunion tables are typicall filled with desserts. They don't know what a meal is without sugar.
I try to do my best but I came from a southern family who loves sweets too and my best defense is not having them in the house. I give into temptation at times and eat brownies, icecream, etc. and it drives up my sugar for days at a time. I almost have to fast 12 to 18 hours to get my sugar back down. I prefer a piece of pome or stone fruit as a sweet treat but they aren't always around. Besides, my wife tends to take a bowl of fruit and turn it into a sweet pie or cobbler if it sets there for a day or two. We typically buy 8 to 10 lbs of sugar a month and I never eat refined sugar on purpose.
I just can't seem to make those around me understand that I don't care if they eat sugar or not, just don't leave trays of sweet treats laying around! If I don't want a starchy food with dinner, don't scowl at me like I am ruining their life!
I've been pretty good about keeping my A1C level down. It has only been above 8.0 a few months in the past couple years and it was 6.8 this past check up. But what bothers me is that my medication keeps going up and up and I do sometimes suffer from symptoms when my sugar level changes too fast late in the day. I know part of it is the progression of the disease and my age but I also know part of it is being bombarded daily by those around me how don't understand that having sugary and starchy foods in front of me all the time doesn't help.
How have all of you dealt with your family making them understand that it's hard to deal with diet issues when they partake in sugar all the time and don't understand your issues?
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