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Meal Planning, Food and Diet

I recall reading that carbonated drinks have been implicated in bone demineralization, especially in teenaged girls. If this is so, perhaps we should not be pushing diet sodas for people with diabetes.

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My daughter was diagnosed last summer. Her doctors recommend that we avoid “sugar” products, even though new research has shown that total carbohydrates are more important than the type of carbohydrate. Do simple sugars spike the blood sugar levels faster and drop down more sharply and quicker?

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My sixteen year old son has diabetes and PKU, therefore his diet is very difficult. His blood sugar levels are up and down with no certain trend. I would appreciate any information from anyone with these two diseases.

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Is it true that the child can eat all kinds of food and I can simply increase the dose for her without any complication?

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I am a mother of a 9 month old baby, and not for diabetic reasons but for other health reasons I have to exclude sugar from my diet. My baby is breastfed and I want to know what artificial sweeteners I can use safely with regard to my baby’s health as well as to my own.

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My 16 year old son was diagnosed with Type 1 about 1 month ago. We have communion (bread and wine) at our church every two weeks. Can he now continue to partake of the wine or will this cause problems?

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My 6 year old granddaughter was diagnosed with Type 1 diabetes 2 years ago. We have to send an earthquake preparedness kit to keep at school. We know what insulin supplies she might need in case of a disaster and have packed that for her. What kind of non-perishable foods should we pack and how much?

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My duaghter is in her honeymoon, and, even without any evening insulin, she has a lot of lows during the night. I know that ice cream and peanut butter are good bed time snacks for her, but she is already tired of them. Can you suggest other bedtime snacks to help prevent the lows in the night?

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I was told that all alcohol can shoot your blood glucose level through the roof. One of your answers said that vodka had no carb content. So, if I were to drink anything, should I take insulin before or after or at all? Should I eat before I drink? What is the safest beverage to drink?

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I find that each cup of coffee raises my blood sugar 35-50 mg/dl [1.9-2.7 mmol/L]. This rise in blood sugar happens whenever I drink coffee, be it morning or afternoon. Can you please tell me why this happens?

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