1. No_Exit

    No_Exit New member

    Jan 5, 2018
    9
    Hi all,

    Was wondering if anyone had any ideas regarding high blood sugars. My dad who has alzheimers is also type 2 diabetic. He gets humulin I insulin in the morning and again at teatime. However, the last two days I have checked his blood sugars several times and his blood sugars have continually read high. Moreover, he hasnt ate much the last 2 days. And what he has ate has been really low in carbs and sugar content.

    The insulin doesnt seem to be having much impact, anybody have any ideas as to why this might be happening?

    thanks

    Ne
     
  2. nae sporran

    nae sporran Volunteer Host

    Oct 29, 2014
    6,093
    Male
    Bristol
    Hullo No Exit.
    I don't know if this is relevant, but my partner has type 2 diabetes which is controlled by Glicazide. She had very high blood sugars a few years ago while eating little and eventually the doctor diagnosed kidney stones. Have you asked a doctor for blood tests? It's the best I can offer.
     
  3. No_Exit

    No_Exit New member

    Jan 5, 2018
    9
    Hi, Thanks for the reply, my dad used to be on metaformin and gliclazide to control his diabetes but they took him off these tablets and changed him to insulin a while ago. He had his bloods done to check his CRP levels, but they were ok. So could be kidney stones, not sure if the blood CRP levels would have shown this. Did your partner have any other symptoms with kidney stones?
     
  4. Wee sis

    Wee sis Registered User

    Sep 18, 2017
    7
    Have you tried different injection sites. My oh has type 1 and if I don’t change sites regularly he has high readings. Lately I’ve used his spare tyre at the sides and it’s been effective. He’s actually quite thin but there is enough loose flesh to inject. Good luck sugar levels can be a real problem.
     
  5. No_Exit

    No_Exit New member

    Jan 5, 2018
    9
    I have been trying different sides of his stomach, alternate from one side to the other for each injection
     
  6. nae sporran

    nae sporran Volunteer Host

    Oct 29, 2014
    6,093
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    Bristol
    As I remember it she also had problems passing water.
     
  7. Dunkers58

    Dunkers58 Registered User

    Nov 9, 2013
    65
    Hampshire
    It may be a sign of an infection , I would speak to a doctor as the medication my need adjusting.
     
  8. DeMartin

    DeMartin Registered User

    Jul 4, 2017
    711
    Kent
    Do you use a prefilled pen or vial syringe and needle? Either way, change it, use one from the most recent prescription, insulin is temperature sensitive, it may have been exposed to a warmer temperature than it should have. Does your dad’s GP practice have a diabetic nurse/clinic that could advise.
     
  9. barny

    barny Registered User

    Jan 20, 2006
    199
    Herts
    Is the glucometer working properly? Is it a fairly new one , if an older model it may need calibration. Do you wash his hands/fingers before testing? Are the strips in date? Please check these things as they can greatly affect glucose readings.
     
  10. Bod

    Bod Registered User

    Aug 30, 2013
    1,178
    What has he been eating?
    What levels are being shown?
    It may now be time, to take full control over shopping, and cooking, watching him eat if necessary.
    Dementia and diabetes don't go together well at all!
    Diabetes, needs understanding, dementia, loses understanding. This may well be care home time. Out of control blood sugar levels do cause problems, even death. He may not be able to recognise the onset of either Hypo or Hyper onsets, both need immediate attention.

    Bod
     

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