Diabetes Bites Newsletter

IDS Monthly Survey: September 2018


In last month’s edition of Diabetes Bites we asked for your opinion of LOW-CARB DIETS. 

A. Eating low-carb is essential for keeping blood sugars in control.

B. Moderation is the key to long-term success.

C. The type of carb is far more important than the amount.

D. There is really no reason to limit one’s carb intake.

Apparently, there is a lot of interest in this topic, and a lot of differences of opinion.  A record 284 people submitted their responses.  Here’s what you had to say:

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The truth is, there is no right or wrong when it comes to dietary approaches.  Your meal plan should be based on personal preferences, available options, and a certain amount of scientific evidence.  What’s really important is to have a system in place that allows you to manage your blood sugar levels and remain healthy while following your chosen plan.  Anyway, that’s our approach, and we’re stickin’ with it.


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This month, after moving the 3rd of my 4 kids off to college, I thought of all the kids with diabetes we’ve worked with over the years to make college preparations, including special accommodations (food, housing, test-taking) just for having diabetes.  The fact is, some people like to use their diabetes for special treatment, while others prefer not to.  I personally enjoyed “special assistance” privileges at Disney World when they were available! What’s your opinion?

A. Living with diabetes is tough!  It is perfectly reasonable to “play the diabetes card” for special privileges any time.

B. Diabetes should only be used for special accommodations when it is TRULY needed.

C. Using diabetes to get special treatment hurts our reputation, and should never be done.