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January 16, 2002

Meal Planning, Food and Diet

Question from Illinois, USA:

My 51 year old mother-in-law, diagnosed with type�1 diabetes about five years ago, is a soda pop addict! She drinks four to five cans a day and recently she told me she is taking 3,000 units of insulin daily, but her sugar level is not being controlled. Could this indicate a more serious problem?

Answer:

Are you sure that she is taking 3,000 units per day? That sounds too high.

The issue related to soda pop drinking is a common clinical issue. It would be best to use the pop sweetened with Nutrasweet aspartame. The usual number of calories in a 12 ounce can of soda pop is 240. Therefore, just in soda pop alone, she is taking in up to 1200 calories for five cans. These numbers clearly add up.

JTL

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