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Old 05-01-2016, 01:56 PM   #1
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My eldest child has recently been diagnosed with type 2 diabetes. He's dealt with the news relatively well and has responded by being more careful with his diet, avoiding sugary sweets and sodas etc. It does clearly get to him however when other kids are able to enjoy sweets, chocolates and sugary drinks. He gets that they are potentially causing damage to their own health when in-taking all that sugar but its still difficult at that age to accept that you are different to the other kids. As a family we've all dramatically changed our diets, not that they were particularly bad prior to hearing the news but there were things that have now been cut-out. Making it a group effort has really helped him to deal with it. I've been trying to make things feel as normal as possible for him by making treats that he can eat without ingesting too much sugary calories. I was wondering what diabetic friendly treats other parents make that substitute sugar but that still taste good?
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My eldest child has recently been diagnosed with type 2 diabetes. He's dealt with the news relatively well and has responded by being more careful with his diet, avoiding sugary sweets and sodas etc. It does clearly get to him however when other kids are able to enjoy sweets, chocolates and sugary drinks. He gets that they are potentially causing damage to their own health when in-taking all that sugar but its still difficult at that age to accept that you are different to the other kids. As a family we've all dramatically changed our diets, not that they were particularly bad prior to hearing the news but there were things that have now been cut-out. Making it a group effort has really helped him to deal with it. I've been trying to make things feel as normal as possible for him by making treats that he can eat without ingesting too much sugary calories. I was wondering what diabetic friendly treats other parents make that substitute sugar but that still taste good?
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We saw some kids the other day eating candy floss and obviously that's a big no, no for someone with diabetes. I did some reading up on it and apparently you can get sugar free alternatives, you can even make it yourself quite easily. This would definitely be something that we could explore and maybe we can get our own candy floss machine and make some sugar free cotton candy on his next birthday.
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Talking Hello conquerall :)

What an awesome family you are !

My kids are grown and not diabetic but I did have a nephew that was type I.

Here in the US there are many types of sugar free candies. From chocolate to hard type candies in all flavors.

I am almost 54 and type II diabetic. I do keep the hard candies in my purse as I like to have them with me at all times.

Sorry to hear about his dx but you sound like you are on top of this and with him to learn how to deal with it.

Take care and keep us posted.

Debi from Georgia
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