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Hospital Menu for diabetic person

Discussion in 'Ask A Question' started by chancellors, Jan 1, 2017.

  1. hh1

    hh1 Type 1 · Well-Known Member

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    I think it would be sensible for any hospital menu to show nutritional values, so individual choices can be made. I agree there's not much on here for low carbers; I also think it's dangerous to assume that only those with Type 2 diabetes are following that type of diet. A lot of judgemental comments in this thread - can't we just all agree that healthy menus with good choices of everyday food and nutritional information would be helpful to everyone? and navigator, I feel for your brother - not good care.
     
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  2. alisonfaulkner_

    alisonfaulkner_ Type 1 · Newbie

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    I agree. I love my low carb diet and I really love vegetables. Extra portions of those would be good.
     
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  3. douglas99

    douglas99 I reversed my Type 2 · Well-Known Member

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    I find it more dangerous to assume all type 2's low carb, if that was all I was offered it would lead to physiological insulin resistance for me when I came out.
    I do agree though, as you say, at least one option for all of us would be good, but as said, failing that, portion control is always my fallback for situations that aren't ideal.
    It's been a good habit so far, but it does mean putting up with not feeling satiated occasionally, but that isn't a struggle for me, as that was what led me down the road to obesity and diabetes, and that simply had to change.
     
  4. I suggested it because I think for the NHS to state that orange juice, mashed potatoes, rice pudding etc is a suitable meal for a diabetic is just furthering the myth that diabetics can thrive on anything except sugar. This is what I find objectionable. I would be taking my own food or starving so am not worried for myself.
     
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  5. Sue1151

    Sue1151 Type 2 · Newbie

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    The current practice at the hospital Trust I work for is that the 'sick' diabetic should be allowed to eat anything they choose from the menu. I am T2 myself, and do have concerns about this generic practice. There are options available that are not on the menu for patients that have increased nutritional needs. Perhaps the diabetic in-patient needs to request more suitable options to see what may, (or may not), be offered.
    In view of reading this article and the concerns in the forum, I decided to share it with James Martin, the TV Chef who fronted a series improving a specific hospitals kitchen practices. Watch this space...................
     
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  6. azure

    azure Type 1 · Expert

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    @Sue1151 I'd be pretty miffed if anyone suggested I wasn't allowed to choose my own food : D
     
  7. HelenMW

    HelenMW Type 2 · Well-Known Member

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    Plain meat would help but the meat when I was in always arrived smothered in sauce or had to be picked out of a stew!
     
  8. Mokkijo

    Mokkijo Prediabetes · Well-Known Member

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    This is ludicrous & should be criminal. What kind of morons would feed CARBS to a diabetic in a hospital? **smh**
     
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  9. HelenMW

    HelenMW Type 2 · Well-Known Member

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    I was in hospital having a brain aneurysm repaired completely unrelated to my diabetes. I also have Bells Palsy. The only one of these conditions I can do anything about is the diabetes so the reason I was so upset was due to losing the excellent control I'd taken of my diet and my health. BTW I have a real fear of ever being in hospital and being put on a glucose drip! Was on one for 48 hours after one of my sons was born. Only removed when a consultant came on the ward and the midwives were told to remove all 'unnecessary' drips!
     
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  10. Brunneria

    Brunneria Other · Moderator
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    Me too!
     
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  11. Erica_12

    Erica_12 Type 2 · Newbie

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    I, too, came across this type of diet whilst in Hospital. I ended up eating salad twice a day with an unwashed Apple. It was almost a starvation diet not one to recover from a major operation on. In addition they didn't feed me for 42 hours. I temporarily lost my sight and virtually lost consciousness . Yes,ofcourse the answer was to give me a glucose drip! My experience was that they did not have any idea how to treat a type 2 diabetic. I thought you were supposed to feel safe in hospital. Now, I take my own food with me. After a recent small op I was offered white toast or biscuits!
     
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  12. ellagy

    ellagy Type 2 · Well-Known Member

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    They know no better!
     
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    Energize Type 2 · Well-Known Member

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    I have been in this situation, whereby known as being diabetic, I ticked my choices on the menu but, when the meal arrived, some of my choices had been omitted with a note on the menu sheet accompanying that meal to say I couldn't have 'such and such' because I was a diabetic!!! Great, I managed to persuade somebody to get me some substitute off the trolley that was spare.

    As others, and myself, have already pointed out, the hospitals SHOULD be able to treat diabetic choices in the same way as other dietry needs/preferences are met, ie gluten-free, religious requirements etc. In fact, it costs little/no more to provide diets to meet these needs. There isn't a regular menu choice for such requirements but are usually on a 'one-off'/as requested basis. There shouldn't be a problem - all is needed is better communication between patient/staff/catering dept, in my opinion and experience.
     
  14. azure

    azure Type 1 · Expert

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    Shocking @Energize ! I would not have been happy! How patronising!
     
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  15. 2102anderson

    2102anderson Type 2 · Newbie

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  16. douglas99

    douglas99 I reversed my Type 2 · Well-Known Member

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    Morons indeed!
    Hang on, I eat carbs, and I'm diabetic!!!!!!!

    Why can't I be forced not to eat them against my will !!!!!!!!!!!!!
     
  17. douglas99

    douglas99 I reversed my Type 2 · Well-Known Member

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    Did you see them unwash it?

    (I eat apples from trees, is unwashed bad for me?)
     
  18. ellagy

    ellagy Type 2 · Well-Known Member

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    They did that to me in Peterborough... I had ordered a fry up and I got some terrible sausages in horrid gravy with dreadful mixed veg! I ate the sausages and left the rest. I think the potato had been reconstituted!
     
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  19. douglas99

    douglas99 I reversed my Type 2 · Well-Known Member

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    It seems to be kicking off now!
     
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  20. douglas99

    douglas99 I reversed my Type 2 · Well-Known Member

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    Smash rather than freshly made, hand prepared mashed potato.
    I hope you raised a complaint!!!
     
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