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.
April 14, 2003
Daily Care, Type 2
Question from Canada:
My father, who is over 60 years old, is overweight, has type 1 diabetes, and is not looking after himself. He continues to drink alcohol, eats whatever he wants, and does not check sugars regularly. He had a blood sugar of 20 mmol/L [360 mg/dl]. Is this dangerous? What are the consequences? How can I convince him to follow a diet, etc.?
Your father has a number of serious health risks: uncontrolled diabetes, being overweight, drinking alcohol. You can get lots of information about how to take control of diabetes from the American Diabetes Association and the Canadian Diabetes Association, but first your father has to want to change his behavior and want to take care of himself. Perhaps you should try to get him to go for counseling.