Justin Delgado is husband to Kacie Doyle-Delgado, diagnosed at age 11. After more than a decade together, he considers himself to be an expert carb counter and Dexcom inserter. He graduated with his Master of Science in Finance from the University of Utah in 2013 and has been working in commercial banking since then. He attended his first Friends for Life conference in 2015 and is looking forward to volunteering with the teens.
July 20, 1999
Question from Estes Park, Colorado, USA:
My granddaughter, born 4 years ago, was diagnosed with Type 1 at 22 months. Her parents and her grandmother (who babysits) smoke continuously. She is exposed to second-hand smoke 24 hours a day. I have been unable to get through to them. We all know smoking is bad, but for a toddler with type 1 diabetes it must be especially bad to be exposed to second-hand smoke. Can you can provide me with results of a study or any other "official" warning?
There have been several publications that document the threat of second-hand smoke to respiratory health in children and some less convincing ones that would include a predisposition to otitis media. I can find no reference specially on children with diabetes, nor do I know of any ‘official’ warnings that are specific to this group.
Clearly nicotine addiction is an important health hazard in your immediate family and I don’t think that you yourself are likely to have much effect on this. It can be surmounted though, as I know from experience with my own children, and my suggestion would be to see if either your own doctor or the State Health Department can help them to enroll in a counselling program.