peanut allergy vs diabetes

Posted on: Sun, 01/16/2011 - 10:19pm
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My daughter when she was almost 3 was helping me make pb cookies when she started to breakout with hives. Our family Dr contacted an allergist where she has been tested twice, both times with severe reactions. Now that she is almost 6, we just found out she has type 1 diabetes. Managing both issues is hard enough but put them together and my poor little girl has almost no options as far as having a little treat goes. We are meeting with the allergist to challenge the allergy and I have no idea of what to expect. Is there anyone with any information for me?

Posted on: Wed, 01/19/2011 - 7:35am
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I saw your message from a google alert and had to reply. My daughter (13) has been allergic to peanuts and tree nuts since she was 2. 5 years ago my son was diagnosed with type 1. For the past 5 years our family has eaten a peanut/nut free low carb diet. It can be done. Having a good handle on the diabetes makes everything a lot easier. A lot of the T1 kids we know have been using a pump which allows them to more easily eat high carb foods if they want to. My son will be going to a pump soon, but has been doing well with just shots. Counting carbs is just another reason to carefully look at labels.
I recommend joining JDRF which provides a lot of support. Also, there is a Yahoo! group called bravebuddies that T1 parents use to share information. Many T1 kids have additional issues like celiac disease which makes food choices difficult.
Hope this helps and good luck.

Posted on: Thu, 01/20/2011 - 11:12pm
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Bradt - Can I ask you a question? Last night at Kindergarten orientation the school RN asked allergic parent to come up and grab a form to fill out. I went up and told her my son has PA,TA and shellfish allergies. The first thing out of her mouth was that the diabetic kids almost all eat peanut butter.
I translated that to "We're not going peanut free at this school and one of the reasons is diabetic kids."
Why do diabetic kids needs peanut butter? Do they eat it at every meal? Are there any alternatives? I have a friend whose child is diabetic and I know it can be very difficult to manage but I had not heard that diabetic children need peanut butter. Could you enlighten me? (I really am just looking for info, not to cause trouble!)

Posted on: Fri, 01/21/2011 - 1:30am
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Many diabetics look for low carb foods because it makes it easier to match insulin with what they eat. However, most of the kids I know with diabetes have a pump which allows them or their caregiver to dial in the correct insulin based on whatever they eat. A peanut butter sandwich is relatively low carb, but a turkey sandwich is even lower, but kids don't like it as much.
Diabetics do not need peanut butter. This is a convenience food choice just like the other many kids who insist on peanut butter because they like it but who do not have T1 or PA.
Hope this helps.

Posted on: Fri, 01/21/2011 - 1:56am
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This does help, thank you.

Posted on: Fri, 05/13/2011 - 3:16pm
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jennyb,
My son, who is 3 years old, was diagnosed with Type 1 diabetes when he was 2, and was diagnosed with peanut allergy when he was 3. I would love to chat with you. It is all very stressful, especially with school coming up in a year. Please email me at mkrcolo at yahoo.com

Posted on: Fri, 05/13/2011 - 3:16pm
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jennyb,
My son, who is 3 years old, was diagnosed with Type 1 diabetes when he was 2, and was diagnosed with peanut allergy when he was 3. I would love to chat with you. It is all very stressful, especially with school coming up in a year. Please email me at mkrcolo at yahoo.com

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