From Kimberley , South Africa:
- We have a child 3 years old with Type 1 diabetes. When he eats maize-porridge in the mornings with milk (cow), his blood sugar goes up to 26 mmol/l [468 mg/dl]. Why is this? When we substitute the milk with cheese-whey (byproduct of cheese making process), the sugar only goes up to 7 mmol/l [126 mg/dl] with the same insulin dosage. Why the drastic difference?
- The child's stomach has been bloated since birth. Is there any correlation between this and the diabetes?
- Could we be dealing with a allergic reaction as is evident from the volatile blood sugar levels?
The difference in blood sugars could be due to the fat content of the milk vs. whey. There is a somewhat increased incidence of celiac disease in children with diabetes and I have seen the bloated stomach with allergies. Gluten is the thing to avoid in this condition, however, I have seen children who were also sensitive to milk with this condition.
You do not mention your child has loose stools or frequent stools. Not being able to do a complete diet history it is hard for me to make any real suggestions as to the cause of any of the things you mention. I do feel you should discuss your observations and concerns with your doctor and with a dietitian who is familiar with children and diabetes to see if changes should be made the diet.
Original posting 25 Jul 1998
Posted to Meal Planning, Food and Diet
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