Justin Delgado is husband to Kacie Doyle-Delgado, diagnosed at age 11. After more than a decade together, he considers himself to be an expert carb counter and Dexcom inserter. He graduated with his Master of Science in Finance from the University of Utah in 2013 and has been working in commercial banking since then. He attended his first Friends for Life conference in 2015 and is looking forward to volunteering with the teens.
August 18, 2002
Meal Planning, Food and Diet
Question from Danbury, Essex, United Kingdom:
My 88 year old grandfather, who has type 2 diabetes, is painfully thin (128 pounds at 5 feet 9 inches tall), and he has had very little help with his diet, mostly information leaflets clearly aimed at the overweight, which he follows strictly. He has not been referred to a dietitian by his National Health Service physician. Eating more carbs makes his blood sugar go up which frightens him and eating more fruit and vegetables gives him diarrhea, so he won't really eat them. He feels gassy and bloated. He eats cereal for breakfast, three slices of toast for lunch and then a meal for dinner. I need advice for him because I'm very worried and he is miserable and still losing weight. I can't find anything on diet for an elderly underweight person with type 2 diabetes.
Seek out a dietitian (contact your local hospital or your father’s physician for a referral) to assist your dad with an individualized meal plan. Dietary advice such as you desire really needs to come from a dietitian, specialized in developing a balanced meal plan targeting all of your father’s nutritional issues and sensitivities. Although helpful, written advice cannot take the place of one-on-one consultation and follow up with a healthcare professional.