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Can a type 2 diabetic survive this much sugar?

My husband is a type 2 diabetic and just in the last 24hrs he has consumed 14 energy drink a large french vanilla/hot chocolate 1/2 tub of orange creamsile ice cream 2L of Orange crush and about 30 freezies an extra large Slurpee also 6 beer a 750ml bottle of cream soda at least 2 ice tea powder mixed drinks this is just a typical day for him. He's had blackouts where he violently attacked me he sleep walks and talks, he sleeps all the time, he's always tired. He's been loosing weight like crazy as well and his feet are always like ice cubes. I'm  pretty worried about him he won't listen to me about his choices. It scares me he's going to have another blackout and hurt someone. I'm pretty sure the blackouts have to do with his diabetes our doctor really hasn't helped I'm not sure where else to turn. Any help would be so appreciated thank-you  
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Here is a good link https://www.verywellhealth.com/is-anger-at-a-spouse-normal-with-diabetes-1087327
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You are right, he is eating wrong food and if he doesn't listen to you, please ask your GP to refer him to a Diabetologist and also he should see the specialist nurse for Diabetics
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Gosh, what is going on? That sounds a bit like a major binge!  Is he taking medication for the type 2 diabetes?  It's my understanding that if someone consumes excess sugar with type two diabetes, The excess sugar passes from your blood into your urine, which triggers a filtering process that draws tremendous amounts of fluid from your body. Left untreated, this can lead to life-threatening dehydration and a diabetic coma.  That's dangerous.  I do know a type 1 diabetic that when his sugar is off, he has rage episodes.  He barely remembers it but gets very out of control. What's sometimes called "diabetic rage" can be dangerous, because it may involve behaviors a person isn't consciously aware of. Physiologically, when someone's blood sugar fluctuates, spikes, or drops, it can produce feelings of anger, anxiety, or depression that are out of the control of the person experiencing them.  What does your husband say if approached about the amount of sugar he consumes and the violent and aggressive black outs?  I'd personally accompany him to the doctor and explain it!  And you need to be safe if he is becoming aggressive.
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He does take medication but he's not always on top of it. He will miss days sometimes weeks he even went a full year without any meds and that's when the blackouts were happening. But he still seems to sleep walk quite often and he doesn't remember anything about that. I have been to every doctor's appointment with him our doctor does know the severity of his sugar consumption he won't listen to anyone about slowing down on the sugar. It seems like he thinks he invincible. I just don't understand how he can keep consuming so much day after day and it not affect him.
I don't have an answer but rather a couple of suggestions:  empty the pantry of anything sugary.  If that means you have to do without, so be it.  Has your husband seen a mental therapist?  He's definitely in denial.  Also, has he seen a diabetes specialist other than a primary-care doctor?

As a youngster, I could take or leave sweets.  Salty and sour treats were my preferences.  But once I was diagnosed with diabetes, I began to crave sweets!  Alcohol is a no-no because of its sugar content.
He definitely has a crummy diet.  Does he exercise?  Start asking him to go for a walk with you or join you doing something physical.  Do a family change up of what is in the house as rosco888 says.  That's really a good idea. I hope it is not going to take a more serious health crisis to convince him to change his diet.  Even if he didn't have diabetes, he has a pretty bad sugar issue.  I have a major sweet tooth.  Sugar is like crack.  Hate to say it that way. But you have to wean yourself off of it.  Start with 'something'.  Maybe NO soda. Then no ice cream.  That's what I did.  I eliminated the sugar things that trapped me.  What about a nutritionist?  And when was the last time he had his blood sugar checked?  I'd also consider where to put his meds to remind him and a gentle reminder on your part. Maybe put them in a pill holder by day and you can check if he took it.  ??  
I think even with his meds there's a limit to how much sweets, sugar he can eat.  Remember too its not only sugar its carbs.   You might want for him to check out the glycemic index.  Any food w ith a GI of 50 or below is usually safe for someone with diabetes.    To be on the safe side he may want to check with his doctor.    I know of a man diagnosed with diabetes (type unknown) who passed away from it.  His blood sugar levels were in the 900s.   Nobody is invincible.   That's why there are physicians.,  healthcare.

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