I'm up to my neck in the situation with my son at the moment. I have an extremely difficult, attention-seeking mother who hasn't asked me once how he is. She was told a few months ago that her blood sugar levels were unstable and that she had to eat properly otherwise there was a risk that she could develop diabetes. Now, anyone else would think - oh oh wake up call, let's eat properly - not my mother, she thinks - oh, yes, I know, I 'll carry on not eating and make myself ill and then I can be the centre of attention. Now, some of you may think that's a bit harsh - but then you don't know my mother (although some of you, like MWM, will understand where I'm coming from). Waiting to hear from my son this morning, phone rings, cue the violins, it's my mother, drama drama, been to see her doctor this morning and got to go into hospital so that they can monitor her blood sugar levels. "Are they keeping you in?" "Oh yes I expect so, but don't worry about me, I'll probably be dead soon and then no-one will have to worry about me any more." "Oh Right. Have you been eating properly" "No" Can I be arsed with this? No. Does anyone have any experience of later-age onset of diabetes with parents who are deliberately neglecting themselves?