Halloween and Diabetes

One of the biggest misconceptions about diabetes is that diabetics can’t eat sugar. Which, quite plainly, is wrong. Diabetics can eat sugar, and really, as much of it as they want, as long as you manage your insulin and blood sugars.

So basically, it’s okay to go Trick-o-Treat. And it’s okay to eat candy. I have had diabetes for going on six years now, and every year I’ve gone Trick-o-Treating. All you have to do is to think about diabetes and giveĀ  yourself insulin for everything that you eat. I might even go as far to say that you should bolus or take an injection fifteen minutes ahead of time, but really, eat the candy. You wont die.

If you’re still skeptical, then sell your candy to your parents. Quite a few of my friends have gotten rich over that prospect. You can also save your candy for low blood sugars.

Bottom line: It’s okay to eat candy, as long as you manage your diabetes along with it. Eating candy wont make you a “bad diabetic”. But above all, have fun!


Claire Montgomery

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Thanksgiving and Diabetes


I can’t wait.

Thanksgiving is such an awesome holiday. We get a couple of days off to stuff ourselves with food and give thanks to all those who arrived on the Mayflower. It’s just so totally awesome. Thanksgiving however has started me thinking. When it comes to diabetes, I can find to very significant points about Thanksgiving that can be related to diabetes.

The first part is obvious: It’s the food part. Personally I think that it is hardest to keep your blood sugars under control during the holidays. There’s the turkey, and the candy, and the mashed potatoes, and whoops! your high. But there’s still cranberry sauce and pie and stuffing and gravy and sweet potatoes and little bit more of everything else. So my advise would be to give extra insulin before you sit down and eat that scrumptious meal. That way if you have extra of anything, which I assure you that you will, you already have the insulin in your body to eat it. And if you go low you can have another piece of pumpkin pie.

But what if you do go high? Back when I was ten and newly diagnosed, I would always go high whenever my extended family got together. And whenever my extended family got together it meant pie and good times. (Do you sense a theme? Hint: I like pie.) And then I would cry and pitch a fit because my parents wouldn’t let me eat pie while everyone else was eating pie, and then by the time that I could eat pie I didn’t want to eat pie because nobody else was eating pie. A tragedy in the mind of a ten year old.

But here’s the thing: Diabetes comes first. Holidays are always tough because there’s that extra food around. But you have to be the big kid and not eat that piece of pie. Know your body and take care of it. And besides, you can have the pie in an hour or two, and gloat because nobody else is eating pie. Don’t be mean to your body and eat the pie anyway. I know that I’m teenage and am not technically old, but your body will be in so much better shape when your older. Because after you have that one piece of pie when you’re high, then it becomes a bad habit.

Diabetes comes first. Remember that.

Thanksgiving is all about a holiday about giving thanks. I don’t know about you, but my family always goes around the table and says what they are thankful for. So it’s time to thank diabetes again. And this time, just be thankful that your around at all to enjoy Thanksgiving. One hundred years ago, we would have died. Now there’s treatment, and we get to eat the pie. And like I’ve said before, diabetes has brought on some pretty awesome experiences, like getting to share this wonderful community where everyone is all so supportive.

Well, have a wonderful Thanksgiving this year!


Claire Montgomery
Type 1 Diabetic, Teenager with Diabetes, Pie Lover/Eater

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