From Lansing, Michigan, USA:
My daughter who is 9 years old has been diagnosed with Type 1 diabetes about 60 days ago. She is on insulin twice a day, but does she not have to stick to a diet? If a child is diabetic, would she have to watch her diet and other things? Please help if you think we need a second opinion.
Understanding what is in the food that you eat, and adjusting the diabetes plan for food is very important. I would encourage you to meet with a dietitian who is part of a team that cares for children with diabetes. You can read more at this website and from some books such as Understanding Insulin-Dependent Diabetes by H. Peter Chase, M.D. and from Sweet Kids: How to Balance Diabetes Control & Good Nutrition with Family Peace by Betty Brackenridge & Richard Rubin.
During the first months of diabetes, when a child is still making her own insulin, the food may not make as noticeable a change in the blood sugars, but later on it will become more critical to factor in the food, especially carbohydrates in food.
Original posting 13 Dec 1999
Posted to Meal Planning, Food and Diet
Last Updated: Tuesday April 06, 2010 15:09:05
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