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From Sevierville, Tennessee, USA:

I have counted carbs for years to keep weight under control, and my son was diagnosed with type 1 diabetes at age five. When I got over the shock and started really paying attention to what his diet was I realized that his doctors had him on nearly 350 grams of carb per a day, and I have done some research that says he could get by fine on 60 to 70 a day to maintain his weight, but his doctors seem to think he needs that many carbs. So I thought maybe 100 grams would be good for an active, growing young boy. Where can I get more information because I will have to change his insulin if I change his carb intake? I would love to hear from someone who thinks the food guide pyramid is a little off balance.


I recommend that you and your son meet with a registered dietitian who specializes in diabetes meal planning. He/she can develop a meal plan based on your son's caloric needs and maintain optimal blood sugar control. Keep in mind it may seem like a lot of carbs for your son, but he is growing and requires the additional calories.

The Food Guide Pyramid is not perfect (sometimes people get the wrong impression that a majority of their calories need to come from the top of the pyramid), but it is a good tool for anyone to gauge their food intake and see where their strengths and weaknesses are. Good luck to you both.


Original posting 22 Feb 2003
Posted to Meal Planning, Food and Diet


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