My awesome endocrinologist who I see for Type 1 Diabetes usually has medical students studying under him. These students come in the room, ask me a bunch of standard questions, try to find a pattern in my blood sugars, don't find one and then go get my doctor so he can make minor tweaks with me. If you have Type 1 Diabetes or know anyone that does, you know that even if you don't have complications, managing the disease is quite complicated.
At my appointment this week, the student asked the typical questions about my blood sugars, insulin dosages, etc. but then she asked me to tell her about my diabetic diet. I asked her what specifically she would like to know and she replies, "You know...do you eat entire cakes for breakfast?"
Do I look like I eat entire cakes for breakfast...thankfully not. Are my post breakfast blood sugars typically high...thankfully not. I'm sure this was her really bad way of trying to uncover if I eat less than ideal food. Of course I told her I don't eat ANY cake for breakfast (or lunch or dinner). She left the room. My husband and I loudly chatted about her ignorance and shockingly she didn't return with the doctor.
However, this got me thinking about all the times people ask me if I'm allowed to eat something. I don't believe in a Type 1 Diabetic Diet. I believe in mostly avoiding high fat and sugar items, drinking water and consuming a balanced diet with fruits, vegetables, lean protein and healthy carbohydrates. But those aren't Type 1 Diabetic guidelines...they are healthy adult human being guidelines. If you follow a healthy diet for any reason, remember it's probably what you should be eating anyway.
You want cake now, don't you?
'I'm not a Type 1 Diabetic...I'm a person who happens to have Type 1 Diabetes." - Me