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From Illinois, USA:

Hi. I am 12 years old. This week I found out I have Type 1 diabetes and I'm really scared. I don't know what to do or who to talk to. I tried sugar free ice cream and it kinda tasted like chalk. Are there any good brands that don't taste bad?

Answer:

One of the first things I tell children who are newly diagnosed with diabetes is that there isn't any food that they will not be able to eat. Eating favorite foods requires a knowledge about what is in food and how to count it as part of your meal plan. You can have regular ice cream, you may have to adjust the amount a little, in other words 1/2 cup of regular ice cream may equal 3/4 cup of sugar free ice cream, but the taste may be worth eating a little less. I would suggest you and your parents find a dietitian who can help you with develop a meal plan and who can get you some education materials regarding amounts of foods and how to count them. This is really important if you want to stay healthy.

JM

Original posting 8 Mar 1998
Posted to Meal Planning, Food and Diet

  
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