Our expert says:
There are a number of factors that can cause an individual to develop type 2 diabetes as she gets older. Smoking, stress, a genetic tendency, lack of exercise, etc can all play a role. I am glad that you dear Mom has consulted a dietitian and is using a low-GI diet. It is obvious that your husband's cousin has NOT seen a dietitian and will probably develop problems down the line. It is essential that anyone with type 1 or type 2 diabetes should be counselled by a dietitian and that she should be given an individual diet prescription as is the case with your Mom. The strict diet and doing some exercise like going for daily walks, can help your Mom to control her high blood sugar levels and may assist her to such an extent that she does not require high doses of medications. I would also recommend that your huband's cousin should consult a dietitian before his condition deteriorates.
Encourage your Mom to stick to her diet and if there are aspects she does not like or finds difficult to adhere to, then she must discuss these with her dietitian because she can adapt your Mom's diet.
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