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I hope that this doesn't post twice because when I hit the send it didn't go so forgive me if two posts end up.
Not to be blunt but if your dad's liver is not working properly it will not process the insulin in a timely manner and his sugar levels can be very low. It would be dangerous to give him insulin and hope that when he eats his liver will process the insulin quickly enough to help with the sugar problems and not long after the sugar has passed and now he would have a low sugar problem. Insulin shock is much more dangerous and deadly than a diabetic coma (induced from high sugar) in the short term.
I know that it is kind of confusing but one possibily is above that it has to do with the liver function and insulin.
The other would be that he is not digesting his food due to a blockage of the intestine and the insulin is working on what gets through and not all of the food that he eats. Thus, his sugar # would be low and he would not need more insulin. I would venture to guess that since you haven't mentioned a blockage problem that the 1st possibility is more likely.
My dad experienced both problems.
I hope that this helps and isn't too negative.
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