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At work I'm currently training someone who has taken interest in me having diabetes. She asks what I am doing all the time,etc. which doesn't bother me but then she tries to tell me what to do to make my diabetes better...

One of my pet peeves is when people who don't have diabetes or a close family member who does and they try to tell me how to manage my diabetes.

Don't get me wrong I am not bothered by someone who asked if I can eat something or not. It's more when people ask and then go on to tell me anyway what I should eat or that I should special order food from America to be shipped to me.

Hence my question...

Do you type 1's out there not eat sugar? Are you super strict with your diet? I'm just curious. My Dr.'s have always said I can eat what I want as long as I cover it. I don't over do it, but I like to have one sweet thing per day to get it out of my system:).

Tell me what you think though...I'm just curious how strict you all are.


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Comment by shoshana27 on March 16, 2012 at 1:20am


Comment by Tom Goffe on March 16, 2012 at 6:11am

I find that all too often free, unsolicited advice is worth what you pay for it. It is often hard to get the point across that it is not welcomed and to do it tactfully - at least for me.

Comment by Trudy on March 16, 2012 at 11:44am

Our diabetes does vary... If I eat more than 40 carbs at a time I don't feel well, even though I know very well how much insulin to take and do in fact take the right amount. Since I don't want to feel ill after eating, I tend toward small meals, not many carbs in any one meal or snack, and consider my intake to be moderate rather than low carb. I include such as a slice of Udi's whole grain bread, or a serving of ice cream, fruit, or a bit of dark chocolate at times. For any one of us, it takes some experimentation to find what works for us.

Comment by shoshana27 on March 16, 2012 at 1:58pm


Comment by Trudy on March 16, 2012 at 2:00pm

shohana, I am so glad that we agree! You are a real inspiration for us all -- but you've heard that before. Cheers!

Comment by shoshana27 on March 16, 2012 at 3:07pm


Comment by Holger Schmeken on March 18, 2012 at 2:06pm

In respect to "we should be eating a healthy diet that anyone should follow-right?" I would say: yes, and sugar is not part of a healthy diet! Really, we do not need sugar and some researchers even find it has toxic side effects.

Comment by Hakima on March 21, 2012 at 7:42pm

I just have to say, I can't stand when the "Diabetes Police" show up when I'm eating!! I usually try and cut them short by saying something like, "I didn't know the Diabetes Police were in the building." Normally that gets a laugh & it's over.

Comment by Jerry on April 2, 2012 at 7:46pm

I have been T1 for 37 with no complications.
I agree with what your docs have said in one of your last paragraphs. I am the same as you as far as "a sweet thing each day" goes.
There are other foods worse than sweet foods for diabetics, most those in the "startch" catagorey > pasta and potatos, but as long as you are covered you will be fine. But if you eat carbs like that it is nice to have a protein because that extends the time period that the carbs are released.
If you haven't talked to a CDE dietition then it's a good thing to do.

Comment by shoshana27 on April 3, 2012 at 7:06am

right..we should all have a meal plan..


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