I am currently visiting my 70 year old father and his wife, who is a nurse. (We are not very close, and I haven't seen him for over a year, but I love him very much and want to see him in good health).
He had mentioned to me a few months ago that he has been diagnosed as a prediabetic, and the first thing I noticed upon my arrival was that he had lost some weight in his abdominal area. (He is a very big, muscular, robust guy and has been working out with weights). Good start.
I also noticed that he drank about 8 mixed drinks (with generous amounts of vodka) over the next 3 hours. That is nothing new, as he has been an alcoholic for as long as I've known him. He'll typically begin drinking in the early afternoon and continue until after dinner.
He has also always eaten lots of butter, fried eggs, and meat. In fact, he's always bragged that the eggs didn't seem to hurt his cholesterol. But I see that he's now taking Statins. (I have a feeling that he wouldn't share the extent of his alcohol consumption with the prescribing physician/nurse).
Although we're not close, he seems to value my opinion, but his wife is a little proprietary about his diet/medical care. (She is one to discourage the egg and butter consumption and encourage the salads with the "heart-healthy" dressing).
If you could offer my father one piece of advice, what would it be? (I don't think that he currently identifies as an alcoholic, and I don't think he will ever give up alcohol).
I would appreciate it if nobody trolls on this thread, because I may want to share it with him. Thanks in advance!