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Readers Respond: Is Sonia Sotomayor's Diabetes an Issue?

Responses: 32


Updated May 29, 2009

Federal Appeals Court Judge Sonia Sotomayor was nominated to the U.S. Supreme Court Tuesday by President Obama. Sotomayor, 54, would be the first Hispanic Supreme Court judge in history. Since her nomination, it has come out in the media that Sotomayor has had type 1 diabetes since the age of eight. Do you think that Sotomayor's diabetes is a relevant issue in her nomination to the Supreme Court? Tell us what you think.

i was diagnosed at 25

I was diagnosed at 25, i was so thirsty, i had to pee alot, i lost 20 lbs in 2 weeks, and was put in intensive care for 5 days - dka. I have no insurance and most times I am terrified. I have gone as low as 19 and my symptoms vary.
—Guest missb


No it should not be an issue in her appointment to the Supreme Court, and since she have it since she was 8 and it has not affected her in her carrer why shoul it be a issue now
—Guest Leonel

Absolutely not!

The fact that this question even comes up just shows how much the public needs to be educated about diabetes.
—Guest Elizabeth Platt

Not an issue at all.

Of course it is not an issue. It should not even be a matter for discussion, any more than the colour of her hair or the shape of her ears. Her integrity, judgement, ability, wisdom, past experience and past opinions are valid considerations; not her medical condition.
—Guest Alan S


i dont think her having t1 diabetes affects her judgement
—Guest olivia

It shouldn't be an issue

A woman who is 54 years old and has had diabetes 1 since she was 8 years old, has only demonstrated one thing that she is in control of her diabetes. So please find a real issue to oppose this nomination and don't use diabetes as an excuse.
—Guest Jose Luis Pino


No, her diabetes is not an issue with her appointment to the supreme court. Any opinion other than that is discrimination against anybody with any disease, hypertension, asthma, GERD, heart disease, etc.
—Guest frankarsner

Sotomayor Diabetes

We have lived in fear of this for some time that your health would be a consideration of hire for any job. It should not be an issue.
—Guest carl bombarger

PhD registered nurse

No I do not think that her medical condition should affect her nomination. People with type I diabetes can think and judge as well as some one who does not have diabetes.
—Guest Betty Fomby-White

Mike F

It should have no part of the consideration. Her record of the last 30 years shows she does function at a very high level. Let us debate her record and judicial philosophy and leave the diabetes alone.
—Guest Michael Funke


I would think that it would have little or no bearing on he job performance. I'm sure that it is under conrtrol.
—Guest Carol Pinson

Diabetes Management/Blood Sugar Control

Having Type 1 Diabetes should not be an issue. The questions should be, how well does she manage her diabetes and control her blood sugar. Voting on critical issues and hypoglycemia don't mix.
—Guest Florian

It depends

Judge Sotomayor's Diabetes could be an issue. Despite the high praise offered earlier, she could be a horrible Diabetic. Just because she survived this long doesn't prove a thing. Justices are appointed for life. Without knowing how well she's cared for her Diabetes, she is at the prime age for Diabetes related heart death. Diabetics also have a higher incidence of mental problems in later years. I don't favor her for the Court but if she wants to be appointed, I don't think a checkup is unreasonable.
—Guest Dan

Diabetes should never be an issue

Judge Sotomayor's Diabetes should not be an issue. Too many important people have diabetes and it never is an issue for them. Our chronic medical problems should have nothing to do with our ability to complete our jobs.
—Guest Tatum Young

Is Sonia Sotomayor's Diabetes an Issue

Absolutely NOT. If we stereotype diabetics that is a slippery slope...I would not put it past the ignorant GOP to slam her for it though, which shows you how bad that it would be. First diabetics then who ?
—Guest canesmom

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