Read Related: Diary of a Diabetic, Part 1I had to go buy groceries yesterday. I spent about $290. That’s about right for a family of five, and it will last us about two weeks. Before I became a mom $290 worth of food was good for about 2 months’ time, but not anymore. As a Diabetic Mom I usually get the whole, “Well, what do you eat?” interrogation by people who really believe it’s all in the food that a diabetic eats, but in all honesty, I really can’t afford to buy all the junk food that some people think my diet is made up of. Does that mean we have no junk food in the house, no, not at all. I have kids, 2 through 12 years old.
Editor’s Note: Diabetes has been described as an epidemic among Latinos and is expected to affect half of the U.S. population by 2020. Type 2 Diabetes affects 1 in 10 Latinos, and Mexican-Americans are the most affected by this disease, according to the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services Office on Women’s Health. Latinas are 17 times more likely to die of diabetes than non-Hispanic white women. This is one in an occasional series examining this epidemic, a true-life experience of Viviana Rodriguez, a Mexican-American mom of three, living with the disease.