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What would you do?

Written on January 31, 2007 by Kevin.

Scenario: Your local grocery store is having a great sale on soda. There is a limit to how many each person can buy. You see a family of 3 kids and 1 mother taking up 2 of the self-checkout lanes trying to maximize their purchase. You look at what they are purchasing and its only soda. You try and count but there are just too many of them. You estimate at least 12 12-packs of Coca Cola.

What do you do?

Answer:You grind your teeth and be glad that it is not your own child that is drinking soda all day long. You appreciate that your son drinks water non-stop throughout the day. You marvel in the fact that your son is not currently on path for diabetes or other health problems. You leave being the better parent.


I do see your point. Water is much, much better than soda. My child has not and does not drink soda. Juice has always been watered down and limited. Meals have been fairly healthy. My child's BMI has usually been great, he has never been overweight or obese. BUT at age 3 1/2 he was diagnosed with type 1 diabetes. There is nothing that could have been done to keep his body from attacking and killing off the cells that make insulin. There is no amount of good, healthy eating that can change the fact that his body will continue to attack any insulin producing cells. Right now there is no cure so he must test his blood sugar about 10 times a day and he must wear a pump that supplies insulin based on my constant monitorig and adjusting 24/7. So, please think a moment before you make a blanket statement about diabetes. Getting diabetes was not his fault (or mine for that matter).

Written by mom of a child with diabetes on Jul 5, 2007

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