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8 Diabetic Diets for Children

By on February 25, 2013 in Health with 0 Comments

Type 1, or juvenile, diabetes develops when the body’s immune system goes haywire and destroys the beta cells in the pancreas. As these beta cells are responsible for producing insulin, people with type 1 diabetes are not able to make their enough insulin to keep sugar levels normal.

Researchers have come up with three meal plans to help monitor carbohydrates in the dietand thus determine insulin needs. The three plans are:

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  • Constant carbohydrate meal plan
  • Carbohydrate counting
  • Exchange meal plan

In the first plan, the amount of carbohydrates in each meal or snack is constant, and is followed by the same dose of insulin every day.

In the second plan, it is necessary to count carbs in order to match insulin doses to the amount of carbohydrates consumed.This works well for children who take a variable dose of insulin with each meal.

For both of these, one has to rely on food labeling or carbohydrate charts to determine how many grams of carbs have been taken in. However, there is no way to distinguish between highly processed carbs and the more complex ones found in whole grains which are absorbed more slowly and thus do not present such a challenge to the diabetic.

With the diet exchange plan, foods are broken down into six groups:starch, milk, fat, vegetable, fruit and meat, and a combination of food groups is eaten at each meal. The plan determines serving sizes, and limits the number according to calorie needs.

No children, diabetic or otherwise should be eating loads of processed foods high in sugar and starch, sugary drinks, cakes, cookies and candy.A basic healthy diet, rich in fruits, vegetables, complex carbohydrates, lean proteins and good fats, should give a boost to the immune system and satisfy all the requirements of a diabetic diet.

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