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.
December 4, 2006
Insulin, Meal Planning, Food and Diet
Question from Los Angeles, California, USA:
I just spent the weekend with my 14 year old niece who has type 1 diabetes and I was astonished at the amount of sugar she eats. I asked her about it, saying that of the other diabetics I know limit their sugar intake. She replied that as long as she gives herself the right amount of insulin, it's okay. She is clearly addicted to sugar and craves it, and noshes on sweets (chocolate, chocolate covered pretzels, hot chocolate, lemon bars, diet soda) all day long. This cannot be good for her. Is it true that she can continue to eat sweets with abandon and suffer no health consequences?
It sounds like your niece has an eating problem. She is partially correct that we have changed in recent years to a carbohydrate counting program rather than severe sugar restrictions. Balancing food intake and counting carbohydrates – and delivering appropriate insulin in response – are key to the successful management of diabetes. However, the excess of simple sugars and high fats is likely to create havoc with glucose control and perhaps also with excess weight gain as well.