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Old 04-29-2014, 06:44   #1
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Hi there, my mum, who is 79 and also has early dementia and bipolar, was diagnosed with Type II diabetes 18 months ago. It's controlled by diet at the moment and we're hoping it stays that way. She is underweight at the moment. I'm trying to get more wholegrains and vegies in the whole extended family's meals, which have been quite meat based.

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Meat-based is the best plan for your diabetic mother. Not too much meat - just fatty meat, and other natural fats such as butter, bacon, cheese, cream, etc. These foods will help her gain weight without raising her blood sugar. Study the plan outlined at LCHF for Beginners and you'll begin to understand why whole grains, fruits and other high-carb foods are not healthy for her or other members of your family. Another excellent resource is Blood Sugar 101, which will give you a much greater insight into what is diabetes, and how to cope with it.

If she is severely underweight, I suggest you have her tested for GAD autoimmune antibodies and c-peptide. It isn't only children who can develop type 1 or 1.5 diabetes - many of our members were diagosed in their later years. If she is type 1 or 1.5, she needs to be on insulin.

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Shanny is correct and I suspect you have been talking with a dietitian as they promote the whole grains. Whole grains will normally cause diabetes to become harder to manage because of the conversion to blood glucose (sugar) and in general need to be eliminated from most people's food plan for diabetes.

Some fruits are okay, like blueberries and some other berries. Best to limit the quantity until it is determined that they work for your mother. The links provided by Shanny will be good reading and many people with diabetes find they answer many questions.

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Welcome! Your mother needs to eat more fatty meats and fewer grains of any kind.

As a start, be sure to check out these sites:

Blood Sugar 101

LCHF for Beginners |

They contain a lot of great info about diabetes and the way to stay healthy.

Many of us here follow a low carb, high fat diet. It keeps your BG low and is heart healthy! Yes, you have been deceived all these years.

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