Diabetes: “Don’t Sugarcoat It”

Being a Type 1 Diabetic, I’m often asked a lot of questions about my everyday life and diet. The most common question that I receive is “Since you have Diabetes, does that mean you can’t have sugar?” The answer to this question is no. Type 1 Diabetics should eat healthy, just as anyone else should, but sugar is still allowed. I throw some extra insulin into my pump and enjoy sweets just like everyone else! This was especially hard for me in elementary school when people brought in birthday snacks and gave me something healthy to eat instead. At the time, I didn’t understand why I was being singled out and couldn’t enjoy a special treat, too. Now that I’m older, of course I understand that the parents were just trying to be nice and were worried about me. Looking back, I wish they would have known that I was just like the other kids! (Keep in mind that it is always a good idea to talk to the parents of the child with diabetes about what they can and cannot eat!) Another major misconception is that an unhealthy lifestyle causes Type 1 Diabetes. This is also false. Although the cause of Type 1 Diabetes is still unknown, doctors believe that it is caused from genetics or an environmental trigger. These are just a few of the things that I, and other Diabetics, wish everyone knew. Hopefully this information can help you better understand the person in your life with Type 1 Diabetes!IMG_9936

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