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From California, USA:

My 12 1/2 year old niece was diagnosed with Type 1 several months ago. I was talking with her mother and she told me that my niece's blood sugar levels have been good lately and they have been a little more lenient with her diet, letting her have some soda pop to drink with sugar in it. I am concerned if this can have some effect later on or is this okay to do? She is on insulin shots twice a day, I do not know the amount though.


Although your niece's blood glucose levels have been in a good range lately, I would not recommend allowing regular soda pop, if at all possible. A regular soda pop beverage has about 50 grams of carbohydrate (in the form of sugar) which can be about the amount of carbohydrate someone may consume at a meal.

Sugar can be worked into a meal plan, with the help of a dietitian, but regular soda pop is just a very concentrated source of carbohydrate. I think developing the patterns now that your niece will need to follow the rest of her life is a healthy approach.


Original posting 2 Nov 96


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