The company I work for celebrates employee birthdays by buying a cake and gathering everyone to sing Happy Birthday and eat said cake. There have been five birthdays in the past month alone. Every time, at least four or five people will offer me cake. I always politely refuse and when questioned say that I do not want cake because I have diabetes. This seems to spark a whole uproar where people try to force me to take a slice of cake, saying "one piece won't kill you!" or "you can go off your diet once in a while, right?" Sometimes people think it's rude and get offended when I refuse the cake and ice cream. My question is, why the hell do these people think it's acceptable to try to get me to eat cake or ice cream or pie or bagels or whatever carb loaded, sugary thing they bring into the office?! I am always polite when I turn down their offers, but it really gets to me sometimes. Now, my coworkers are questioning what they can bring for my birthday. They ask, "well, what CAN you eat?" Like I'm reatricted to celery and water or something crazy like that. One person even went so far as to suggest they bring a veggie plate for me and a cake for everyone else! I'm just so frustrated with constantly having to explain my food choices and defend myself against their ignorance. Does anyone else deal with this stupidity? What do you say to people?