A healthy diet is important to manage diabetes. It gives the nutrition and energy your child needs. But a diet for diabetes does not mean that your child has to eat special foods. Your child can eat what your family eats, including occasional sweets and other favourites. But you do have to pay attention to how often your child eats and how much he or she eats of certain foods. The right plan will give you meals that help your child keep blood sugar at healthy levels.
Your child should try to eat a variety of foods and to spread carbohydrate throughout the day. Carbohydrate raises blood sugar higher and more quickly than any other nutrient does. Carbohydrate is found in sugar, breads and cereals, fruit, starchy vegetables such as potatoes and corn, and milk and yogurt.
You may want to work with a dietitian or diabetes educator to help you plan meals and snacks for your child. A dietitian or diabetes educator also can help your child lose weight if that is one of your goals. The following tips can help your child enjoy meals and stay healthy.
Follow-up care is a key part of your child's treatment and safety. Be sure to make and go to all appointments, and call your doctor or nurse call line if your child is having problems. It's also a good idea to know your child's test results and keep a list of the medicines your child takes.
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Current as of: December 7, 2017
Adam Husney, MD - Family Medicine
& Kathleen Romito, MD - Family Medicine & Rhonda O'Brien, MS, RD, CDE - Certified Diabetes Educator & Colleen O'Connor, PhD, RD - Registered Dietitian
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