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  1. JD Long
    JD Long November 28, 2008 at 6:54 am |

    I usually take a two-pronged line of attack. First I’ll throw out some little information tidbits, like “Did you know that Sweet potatoe pie is a bigger carbohydrate than Pumpkin pie?” (Pumpkin pie doesn’t raise my blood sugar at all as long as I remove the crust piece at the top; while sweet potatoe will raise it for weeks.) That usualy does it for all but the worst offenders.

    sECONDLY, if they just won’t stop being annoying, I’ll ask them “What’s you blood sugar, sweetie?” (Of course they don’t know). “Mine was 99 this morning, and my last Hemoclobin A1c was 5.6; which means my blood sugar is usually no higher than 120, which is very well-controlled. I think I know what I’m doing here.”

    And if they get all defensive, I just point out that “now you know how I feel when you question me about my diet. My blood sugar and Hgb A1c are well controlled, I’ve had classes about this, and I’m an adult who knows what they’re doing. When you get critical of my food choices, it’s very hurtful and embarrassing for me.”

    Only the most insensitive and rude people proceed beyond this point; and silence works wonders for these folks, while drawing the rest of the family to your side. (Heh-heh-heh.)

    Just make sure you know your blood sugar and Hgb Aic, and feel confident in your own choices. One day of splurging is not the end of the world; but one day of splurging if you still continuously drink regular sodas and eat ice cream can be catastrophic. Knowing your limits and understanding your diabetes will make you more in control and healthier, anyway.


  2. Kathleen Weaver
    Kathleen Weaver November 28, 2008 at 8:05 am |

    I have two approaches for the “diabetes police”.

    If they are a coworker or other acquintance, I get right back in their face, pointing out to them that what I eat and what I do is none of their business. If they continue, I just walk out of the room. The good news, is that they rarely repeat the behavior.

    If they are family, I take the time to educate them especially since most of my family is either diabetic or pre-diabetic (type 2s).

    Very few people around me are diabetes police though, as I am well known to “eat healthy”. In fact, I have such a reputation that my dog friends always bring me a diet coke when they have goodies to share. The fact that they took the time to get me one, guilts me out of trying the treats, even though we’re running off the sugar.

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  4. Jamie
    Jamie November 28, 2008 at 11:02 am |

    I usually try and let them know that as long as I have insulin I can eat “with in moderation” what I desire. I also let them know that I have to be careful but that sugar is not off limits. I try to give a little education but then change the subject pretty quickly. Thankfully I don’t have many diabetes police in my life. Thanks for the contest Amy!

  5. Debbie
    Debbie November 28, 2008 at 12:50 pm |

    I usually them that diabetes is unique in the way it manifests itself in each person and what each diabetic can eat and the amount is different in each of us. We are all different, just like snowflakes.

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  7. Mike
    Mike November 28, 2008 at 7:38 pm |

    Mine are in video form:

  8. Tom
    Tom November 29, 2008 at 12:52 pm |

    What about salt?

    There are salt police women too.

  9. Alyssa
    Alyssa November 29, 2008 at 5:52 pm |

    I think most diabetes police are a result of poor diabetes education, so my response is always one of explanation–”Having diabetes doesn’t mean I can’t eat certain foods, it just means it’s a bit more complicated for me.” Dispelling the sugarfree-only myths out there is important for all of us. Since most people are curious about how we cope with diabetes, their concern and seemingly noisy interest in our lives is understandable; there’s no reason to get all defensive. Next time someone tries to send you on a diabetes guilt-trip, use it as an opportunity to teach them so that it won’t happen again to you or another diabetic.

  10. Colleen
    Colleen November 30, 2008 at 5:09 pm |

    I have a terrible confession to make. I was once a DP (Diabetes Police). I was part of a group, keeping an eye on a co-worker. We hid the candy, we stood next to the doughnuts, we handed him plates of veggies. At that time, I didn’t have a clue other than keeping him from sugar. He’s an older Catholic priest, so God help him, there were a lot of us keeping our eyes on him. Then – I was diagnosed. He came to me and said, “Murrays makes the best tasting sugar free cookies.”
    So, having been one of those annoying people, and having attended the classes – I try to be kind to those who are trying to run (umm, ruin?) my life. As many commentors above said, the best idea is to do some educating. Not only are we helping ourselves, but we’re doing a favor for the next person with diabetes that they meet. It’s not that hard and I’ve found that most people are interested, or at least listen politely.

  11. dan 2
    dan 2 November 30, 2008 at 7:15 pm |

    RE: Diabetes Police.

    Let’s count carbs together, Yea, Yea, Yea!

    What are your best numbers?

    Let’s have a real discussion about this condition. We can start after I take a bolus for the donut.

    Thanks, Dan

  12. Ruth
    Ruth November 30, 2008 at 8:13 pm |

    I recently came across your blog and have been reading along. I thought I would leave my first comment. I don’t know what to say except that I have enjoyed reading. Nice blog. I will keep visiting this blog very often.


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