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From Ohio, USA:

Our 3 year old son is a Type 1 diabetic for about 4 months now. We have talked to several other parents of diabetic kids of similar age about diet. Our son is on a no sugar added diet until age 6. Their kids are on either exchange or carb counting diets. Which is better?

Answer:

I think the best diet is what works best for your child and family. Many things have to be considered which I can not assess through cyberspace. Oftentimes a young child, under 5 years, if offered three nutritious meals and snacks at timed intervals throughout the day will eat about the same calories daily. Thus, blood glucose levels will stay relatively constant. Your best guide as to whether the meal plan is working is blood glucose levels. At this point your son may still be in the honeymoon period and blood glucose levels may not fluctuate as much as they may later.

Certainly items containing sugar can contain more carbohydrates than another food of similar size. However, eating more carbohydrates of any source can raise blood glucose levels. So learning the carbohydrate values of foods can help you decide what types of foods to offer and when (depending on blood glucose level and anticipated activity to name a few). Being informed but also remaining somewhat flexible in your approach to food can help avoid power struggles at this age.

MH

Original posting 25 Jan 97

  
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