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Hello everyone,
My name is Casey. I am not diabetic but my father is. He is 64 years old, he has had adult onset diabetes for about 15 years simply from a terrible terrible diet.
By terrible I mean ice cream everyday, nothing but complete junk food like zingers, doritos, fastfood etc. He will not touch a vegetable, except potatoes. He also doesn't get any exercise at all. Shockingly he is thin. He always has been. I don't know how.
He takes insulin injections everyday and he thinks that as long as he does that he can eat whatever he wants. He actually thinks that he is healthy as long as he is thin.
What I really really need is a way to show him the reality of how this disease will affect him as he gets older if he doesn't make a change. I would really like to show him the most morbid examples that I can find. I think that might get his attention.
Do you know any documentaries or websites that might bring him into reality. I don't think I could get him to read a book about it. He would blow it off.
I want my dad to be around for a long time and I want him to be healthy for a long time. I don't know what I would do without him.
Do you have any advice for me?
Thank you so much,
Casey
Hi Casey :welcome: I read your post earlier in the day but wasn't sure how to answer. You know that your Father has a terrible diet. This is something that you would like for him to change. Unfortunately, he is the only one that can make the change. At least, he is covering his food with insulin. Do you know if his blood sugar is under control? When our parents get older, they get set in their ways and habits are hard to break. Let your Father know that you would like to see him stick around for awhile. Tell him that every time that you see him. My Mother is 73 and has very brittle bones. She has broken her hip and ankle in the last 3 years. She also has bad circulation in her feet. I think that she needs to see a doctor at least twice a year, but she claims that she feels fine and won't go to the doctor. My parents don't live together. There was some domestic violence that went on 3 years ago and at 78 years old, my Father found himself in the county jail. He has never had more than a speeding ticket. He is an alcoholic. I sat and watched him get drunk every day for years. I used to beg him to stop drinking, but it fell on deaf ears. I found myself in tears watching him work his way to an early grave. Thank goodness he doesn't drive anymore and has no car and he has no way to get alcohol. I love my Father and do miss him, but my parents could no longer live under the same roof. Given the opportunity, he would pick up a beer bottle in a heart beat. I used to talk to him until I was blue in the face and it didn't matter. Take care and continue to let your Father know how much you love him.
 
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