I needed to vent a bit.
My father has been quite insistent with my sister and me - both of us have Type 1 diabetes - to have better control, monitor our blood sugars better, eat better, exercise more, etc.
However, he told me a few months ago that at his latest doctor’s visit, he was told he has pre-diabetes. If he exercised and controlled what he ate, he might avoid Type 2 diabetes.
But…I see signs. I always carry a water bottle with me. There have been times when I’m driving him from work (we work at the same company) that he will want to drink “some” water, and quickly drain the water bottle. To me, that’s classic polydipsia. I haven’t noticed polyuria or polyphagia, though. He hasn’t changed his lifestyle.
I’ve spoken with him a few times about my concerns, but it’s obvious he doesn’t want to talk about this. He even admitted to intentionally not checking his blood sugar because he doesn’t want to know.
Obviously, while it’s hypocritical, I can understand.
But what can I do to help him? For selfish reasons (I love my Dad), I’d like him to exercise more, eat better, and avoid Type 2. But from my own example, that won’t happen unless he accepts where he is, where he’s headed, and what he needs to do to be healthy. I don’t want to be the Diabetes Police, but I’d like to help.
If you guys have experiences (whether having had pre-diabetes in denial or having a loved one with pre-diabetes), I’d love to hear them.