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From Virginia, USA:

I have a daughter (12) who has been active in girl's softball for six years. Two years ago, following a weekend tournament she was diagnosed with Type 1 Diabetes. She has been doing well, very well considering tournament and game schedules. But recently her numbers have climb over 250 and even 300. While we are in a period of low activity, between seasons, which is a contributing factor. I have noticed, several times after she has tested high, that she had been chewing gum (sugarless - 2grams/slice). Does chewing gum have an adverse effect on sugar levels?


No! Sugar-free gum will not affect blood sugars but inactivity and puberty will. All the children in our clinic have worse control over the winter. Puberty is a potent cause of high blood sugars because of the hormones (e.g., growth hormone and estrogens) that are flying around. Talk to your diabetes team about appropriate increases in insulin.


Original posting 14 Dec 96


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