Friday, March 04, 2016
My husband has 3 major health concerns...COPD (Chronic Obstructive Pulmonary Disorder--Think very bad Emphysema), Low Weight (88) and Diabetes. He's insulin dependent. His blood sugars have been high (300-500) and he hasn't been able to gain weight even though he's getting over 2000 calories a day and I'm monitoring him on SparkPeople. His COPD may be taking too much energy for him to breathe for him to gain.
Last month I took the Diabetes Challenge to learn more to help him. They advised people to find a Diabetes Educator in their local area. I found one and we are working with her. I'm so glad to have a person to monitor this.
She's doing something different with him. I don't know if it's specific to him because of his low weight, or something new in the field. She asked him to take his blood sugar before meals. He's supposed to dose his insulin by how high the blood sugar is AND how many carbs the food has which he's about to eat.
Don't know how it will work out, but I do like the way it helps us to work together. I keep track of the carbs with SparkPeople and he keeps his blood sugar log. We;ll know within the 3 week period whether it's working or not. He has had several much lower blood sugar levels at 100 or less since we started...and also some 300+ ones. No over 400, though.
I'll keep you posted....