From the Netherlands:
I was diagnosed with type 1 diabetes on the age of one. Actually, the doctors all agree I have it since I was born. The thing I want to express is that I have had diabetes for 30 years now and never experienced any problems most associated with diabetes. I never followed any special diet. The reason for this is that, being a child, the need for energy differs from day to day. I always ate what I thought my body needed. The doctors were always amazed at me because at that time a highly regulated diet was considered the only treatment. I wish to say to all parents having diabetic kids, to do whatever is best for your kid. Don't worry to much about your kid having diabetes. I have it for over thirty years now. I am completely healthy. I have no kidney damage, no retina damage, or any other damage caused by diabetes. I strongly believe this is because I only ate whenever my body told me to ate. I even ate sweets sometimes. I lived a life like any other child. Diets where something for others. I hope this will help parents who are having difficulties because their child is being diagnosed with diabetes.
I would say you are very fortunate indeed. I know many children and their parents who struggle very hard to keep blood sugars under control. It sounds like you have done a good job making good decisions for yourself. I wish it were that easy for everyone, however. Everyone has his or her own diabetes and control of diabetes is sometimes a very big issue even when people are doing everything in their power to take care of themselves. Stay healthy.
Original posting 20 Sep 2000
Posted to Meal Planning, Food and Diet
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