My uncle has type II diabetes, but he is not managing it. He doesn't go to the doctor, he eats as much sugar as he wants, and he doesn't exercise. At first, he was doing okay, but my family saw a decline in his health at each family function he attended. He can barely walk; he uses a can for assistance. When he stands up he gets instantly dizzy and almost falls to the ground. And he recently lost one of his index fingers to gangrene. He had to have it surgically removed. I feel like we've tried everything to get him motivated to improve his health. We limit the sugar and sweets at family functions, so the choices are almost gone. But he still will pick the one soda pop that isn't diet and pile on sweets and salty foods. We don't want to bug him with :You should take care of yourself" statements because sometimes that just makes a person shut down. No one likes to hear someone scold them about their health.
Is their a point where we should just stop trying? Has anyone had an experience with someone who wouldn't manage their diabetes? What do you suggest our family try to do to help? Or should we step back and let him be?
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