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Old 09-21-2018, 20:59   #1
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Hi. we are new to diabetes. My mom is 78 and just found out she has diabetes. The doctor said it's not to bad and we should just try changing her diet. She lives we me and also has moderate alzheimers. She dosen't rember the doctor telling her is has it. I am trying to change her diet, but she has a very bad sweet tooth, and is very picky. I hope this site can help me manage her diet. Thanks!

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Hello, Cindy. Welcome to the forum!

If you haven't already discovered it, there is a Recipes forum on this site; many of those recipes are for much-lower-carbohydrate versions of foods many people like to eat, including sweets (some folks here really like their sweets!). There's also a Diet and Nutrition forum that goes into greater depth on foods like natural and artificial sweeteners; that would be worth the time to look through as well.

A couple of notes:

- Several of us have found that, once our taste buds got used to not always eating sweet things, it didn't seem to take that much of a sweet flavor to satisfy us. However, getting to that point is a process. So check out those lower-carb desserts!

- There are commercially available desserts, candies, and chocolates, some of which are okay and some of which substitute sugar alcohols for the white sugar/honey/whatever. Be wary of these -- eating too much of them at once can have undesirable gastric effects. And some diabetic bodies don't treat the sugar alcohol that much differently than the real thing. If your mom wants to try such products, it would be useful for her to test her blood sugar levels before and an hour and two hours after eating those items just to see what effect they have on her blood glucose.

Looking forward to more posts from you!

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Hi Cindy, welcome to the forum. I bet the things that Grandma and Grandpa were eating when Mom was a kid would be something to look at. Once back to eating the way we were eating before the government stepped in and changed all the recommendations, we will find our health starts to improve.

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Your sense of taste and smell diminish as you age. I've heard that the taste buds that register sweets are the last to go.

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Welcome to the forum Cindy. I think this is the best forum to ask questions and just learn. Everyone here is very supportive.

I hope you continue to visit and post updates to let us know how your Mom is doing.

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