It will keep the blood sugar lower then it would be without it, however it will not get it down to normal. Maybe some reality would help you get him to eat right. Every time the blood sugar is over 200 for 5 min, cells in the body start to die. Having a constant high blood sugar can cause and probably will cause heart and kidney damage to the point of failure, it effects the circulation particularly in the legs and can lead to gangrene and amputation. Wounds don't heal as well and can easily become infected because sugar is a great culture medium for bacteria. I would suggest an endocrinologist for his diabetes and one that will lay it on the line to him would help. Weight loss alone often lowers the blood the sugar.
The medicine will help up to a point but the more food that is eaten especially simple carbohydrates (things made with refined sugar and/or white flour) the higher the blood sugar gets. A foolish person will continue to think that they can eat what they want and take a pill to make it all better! To control diabetes, diet control is essential. Meds alone cannot do everything. Unchecked diabetes affects every organ in the body but especially the kidneys, the heart, the nerves, the blood vessels and the eyes. Diabetes is a top contributor to blindness due to retinopathy. Neuropathic pain is one of the most difficult pains to control. Uncontrolled diabetes is NOT a pretty picture. In time, it will ravish the body. Diet and exercise are the best ways to approach diabetes along with medications. In many cases, a careful diet and increased exercise is all you need to control this disease.
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