One of our slim and trim Diabetes
Queensland members who lives with type 1 diabetes is frustrated
with people criticizing her portion size or food choices.
Jane, shall we call her, is aghast whenever anyone asks her
"Should you be eating that?"
"I'm an adult and I've had diabetes for many years. I think I
know what I should be eating!"
Jane's frustration was brought to mind in a story published in
the US by Shannon Marengo, also living with type 1 diabetes, who
was discussing her favourite lollies and desserts with a work
Another co-worker joined the conversation. She asked the
dreaded, "Aren't you diabetic? If you have diabetes, I'm pretty
sure you aren't supposed to be eating all that crap."
Shannon responded, "I wear an insulin pump and am in excellent
control, so it's ok to indulge occasionally."
Her colleague, who does not have diabetes, wasn't finished: "I'm
pretty sure that wearing an insulin pump doesn't give you carte
blanche to eat whatever crap you want. I have known plenty of
diabetics in my life, and I know what I'm talking about."
Shannon replied with, "Well, I've lived with it for 24 years,
over half of my life, and I'm pretty sure I also know what I'm
Her colleague had another light-bulb moment.
"Wait - do you have juvenile diabetes? Aren't you a little old
to have been diagnosed with juvenile diabetes?"
Shannon made the point that some people think they know a lot
about diabetes, and that can be painful.
"Some people are ignorant and just don't know better, but it's
the ones that are ignorant and act like they know it all that drive
We wish you the happiest Christmas and a New Year full of good
health, good food, and good friends.
We also hope that you don't hear the question "Should you be
eating that?" in 2020.