From Darwin, Northern Territory, Australia:
My mother-in-law has recently been diagnosed with type 2 diabetes. She refuses to discuss it with her family in any depth and seems in denial about the situation. She is supposed to be addressing her diet and exercising more. She smokes 40 or more cigarettes a day as well. She doesn't seem to take the diagnosis very seriously. What will happen if she keeps eating sugar? Why can't diabetics eat sugar? I understand about insulin and breaking down the glucose etc., but don't understand the dangers of still having sugar in the diet.
It sounds like she needs to see a nutritionist to learn about consistent carbohydrate counting. Eating sugar will probably raise her blood sugar quickly and has no real nutritive value. There are plenty of more healthful carbohydrates that she can choose from in the right amounts each meal (portion control is very important). One more thing: smoking and diabetes is a very dangerous combination. If she can't quit on her own, she should consider nicotine patches; they really help.
Last Updated: Tuesday April 06, 2010 15:10:02
This Internet site provides information of a general nature and is designed for educational purposes only. If you have any concerns about your own health or the health of your child, you should always consult with a physician or other health care professional.
This site is published by T-1 Today, Inc. (d/b/a Children with Diabetes), a 501c3 not-for-profit organization, which is responsible for its contents.
© Children with Diabetes, Inc. 1995-2016. Comments and Feedback.