Diabetes is not fun. I have it. When they caught mine, I had an AIC of 7.6. I went through a dietitian every couple months for a year. I learned how to eat correctly, what to avoid, what I could indulge in, etc. I picked up a diabetic cook book and use it constantly. There are web sites with recipes for low/no sugar cooking. I count my carbs for every meal, learned to sub one food for another, how much, etc. I still eat pasta, taters, cream soups but I limit the amounts and how often. I have learned that I MUST eat atleast 3 times a day, with a lite snack, usually fruit between lunch and dinner. I just had to learn WHAT to eat 3 times a day. I felt I was eating too much as I was used to eating twice a day, or when I felt hungry. BUT, eating on this 3 times a day, eating *correct* food, I have actually lost 70 pounds and my AIC has dropped down to 5.8. Now I only take a light *maintenance* dose of Metformin. It is possible to control and seriously drop the levels, but it takes work and lots of will power. I will have to be careful with it the rest of my life, but with the training I received, I feel I can do it. Like previously suggested, she needs to talk to a dietitian experienced with treating people with diabetes. It is a step in the right direction.
My wife would notice me getting spacey, glassy eye'd at times, more tired than normal, she will hand me an apple and tell me to eat it. I don't know how to explain another way I get, you won't see it I don't think, but I could tell when I needed to get something in me stomach. An apple, orange or something like a hand full of nuts would make the feeling go away and I would feel good again. It is not a *I'm hungry* feeling, just a feeling of... don't know how to explain it, kinda like a feeling my gas tank is sucking on fumes and the engine is about to shut down.
I wish her good luck on her journey, it is controllable.