anyone out there with pa and diabetes?

Posted on: Fri, 09/24/2004 - 12:46am
nopeanuts's picture
Joined: 06/20/2001 - 09:00

My son is newly diagnosed with diabetes and am having trouble finding nut-free and sugar-free products. Anyone have any suggestions???

Posted on: Fri, 09/24/2004 - 1:27am
California Mom's picture
Joined: 07/14/2000 - 09:00

Oh dear, I am so sorry. [img][/img]
I know that there is another poster, here, dealing with the same situation. I cannot remember who it is but if you do a search for "diabetes" I am sure you can find her. (It may take a while, though!) I think she was posting about this (more than once) in the late spring or early summer.
Good luck!

Posted on: Sat, 09/25/2004 - 1:26pm
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Joined: 12/02/1999 - 09:00

So sorry to hear of your son's diagnosis! [img][/img]
DS's friend with diabetes (type I) spent the night with us last night (his first sleepover). I looked at the store for sugar free things and saw most had nuts or had a warning, so I can imagine how difficult this could be for you.
I did find that our friend doesn't usually use too much of the sugar free stuff. He eats normally and just keeps his carbs for each meal within the limits his doctor has set. Dinner last night was pizza, grapes, rice krispie treat and diet coke. Bedtime snack was apple jacks and milk (single serve boxes are just right for his carb needs). Breakfast was a pop tart and go gurt. I was actually suprised at how easily I was able to feed him! Hopefully your DS will be able to eat similarly to the way he eats now, just as our friend can.
Good luck!

Posted on: Mon, 09/27/2004 - 12:45am
nopeanuts's picture
Joined: 06/20/2001 - 09:00

Thanks for the support. It has been overwhelming. I am glad to see feeding him will get easier. I am really trying to find treats for Halloween that he could have (sugar and nut free) and that seems to be the hardest to come across.

Posted on: Tue, 09/28/2004 - 3:39am
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Joined: 04/11/2004 - 09:00

me me me me me! I'm the one with a diabetic child who also has the peanut allergy! I would love to correspond with you.
My 2 yr old son was diagnosed with diabetes in March 2004 and about exactly a month later had a very bad contact reaction to peanut butter I gave him on a cracker. He has since been tested and is highly allergic to peanuts and hazelnuts and we avoid all other tree nuts. He has trouble with eczema and sometimes trouble with asthma.
How old is your child and when diagnosed? Do you have the book "Sweet Kids"? That is very helpful when it comes to eating issues. Frankly William is still a bit young to really care about candy/sweets as much as my older one does so I haven't dealt with the issue extensively but so far what we've done is give him allergy safe sweets and cover it with insulin.
William is on lantus and humalog so for a sweet treat (say 20 carbs of sweets) we'd give him humalog based on his insulin to carb ratio (which is no doubt different for your child). Whether or not you have that flexibility could depend on what insulins you are using. We are putting William on an insulin pump next month hopefully. As he gets older I will just order the regular peanut/allergy safe chocolate or other sweet for him (that has sugar) and give him insulin to cover it. Clearly he cannot eat 10 candy bars but no one should do that anyway!
Here is my email address if it will let me post it: [email][/email] Please write! If you are brand new to diabetes I have a lot of info/websites/books that can help you out. I know how hard it is - we were just devestated to get the peanut allergy on top of the diabetes - it totally did me in for awhile :-(
Take care!

Posted on: Tue, 09/28/2004 - 10:14am
California Mom's picture
Joined: 07/14/2000 - 09:00

selketine, I am so glad you saw this and responded! I kept hoping you would.
I think about you often (I'm sorry I had forgotten your user name).
Good luck to both you and nopeanuts; I am sure you will be a great support to one another.
[img][/img] Miriam

Posted on: Wed, 09/29/2004 - 11:21am
nopeanuts's picture
Joined: 06/20/2001 - 09:00

Carol - Thanks for your response! My son was just diagnosed with diabetes 2 weeks ago, so we are still very new to this. We don't have flexibility in insulin dose yet, but hopefully that will come. We are still just getting his sugars under control. He was diagnosed with PA/TNA over 2 years ago (he is 4 1/2 now), so I am pretty used to dealing with that (and his asthma), but the diabetes has just changed everything. Thanks for posting your email address. I will write to you soon.

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