Regarding Sen. Bill Monning’s proposed warning label, “Drinking beverages with added sugar(s) contributes to obesity, diabetes and tooth decay.”
By not specifying the type of diabetes, this unfairly implies that anyone who has diabetes contributed to its onset by drinking sugary drinks. Type 1 diabetes is an autoimmune disease with no known way of prevention. Type 2 diabetes is a metabolic disease that can often be prevented by diet, activity and weight loss.
My son was diagnosed with Type 1 diabetes when he was 3 years old. His body spontaneously began destroying pancreatic cells that produce insulin. Type 1 diabetes has no cure. Its cause is unknown; however, consumption of added sugar is not a contributing factor.
Type 1 diabetes requires constant, grueling management. My son tests his blood sugar 10 to 12 times a day. He must count all carbohydrates and endure multiple daily insulin injections for survival . Must he also be blamed for contributing to his disease?
I agree in educating the public about healthy choices, but using misleading language is not a just way toward this goal. A fair, accurate warning label would read: “Drinking beverages with added sugar(s) contributes to obesity, high blood sugar and tooth decay.”