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.
May 12, 2002
Insulin Pumps, Meal Planning, Food and Diet
Question from Berea, Kentucky, USA:
When my daughter was diagnosed with type�1 diabetes, she had to start drinking diet sodas instead of regular and had to stop drinking the juice bags and boxes that kids love so much. We have always counted carbs, and she is now on an insulin pump. Can my daughter drink regular sodas and juice or use sugar as a sweetener for cereals if she counted them in her bolus calculations? I had never thought about it until a friend asked me, and I wasn't sure how to answer.
Yes, she can do that. I do know of several individuals who do that. I guess I do not understand why they do so, since if they were okay with the diet things, why they would start using the sugar-sweetened things. I have less of a problem with juice boxes and such since they have other nutrients in them.
The majority of people with type�1 who are on insulin pumps continue to use diet pops and artificial sweeteners on cereals, partly because that saves calories from sugars, and partly because they have become used to the diet things. Again, I think if she wants to have a regular soda on occasion and figures out the carbs correctly, I see no problem.