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This Week's Carenote - 08/22/08
My mother has dementia and is diabetic, and has been put on a special diet by her doctor.  How do I get her to understand that she has to stick to this diet, and cannot eat some of the things she really really likes?
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Name: Dorothy
Date: 08/24/2008
Time: 05:31 AM


So sorry to hear about this additional burden you and your mother must now deal with. There is much being done in diabetes research, and some of the newer approaches suggest that nothing need be completely eliminated from the diet, rather that portion control and balance in intake need to be maintained. It will take some homework on your part, but may be worth the effort if it turns out that your mom can continue to enjoy some of the things that give her pleasure. Sorry I don't have specific references for you (have been dealing with the Alzheimer's in this equation) but I'd contact the national organization, local support groups and scour the local book store for the latest work published. Also make sure that your mother's doctor is a specialist in this field and is open to not only your questions but new ideas! Good luck. My heart goes out to you.




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