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Meal Planning, Food and Diet

Does my child, diagnosed with type 1 diabetes four years ago, need to watch his sodium intake?

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My eight year old daughter weighs 165 pounds. She has been tested for diabetes and her labs were abnormal. I am looking for a food list and diet sample to go by. I do not know anything about proper diet for a child.

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What are good food choices for parties and special education that elementary teachers may give to students with diabetes? A food list would help.

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My granddaughter was diagnosed last week with Type 1 diabetes. Since then, her eating habits are not what they should be. All she ever wants to eat are crackers. My daughter is going out of her mind because the child refuses to eat. We have tried everything, but nothing works. Please help us to solve this huge problem.

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Our two year old child has recently been diagnosed. He is still breastfeeding, as well of course as eating normal meals. We are wondering how to judge the effect of this on his diet and insulin.

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My daughter has been on a gluten-free diet for three and a half months and her A1c has elevated significantly. I’m concerned about the starches in these gluten-free products and how they breakdown differently from wheat. What if there are no dietitians familiar with both diabetes and celiac disease where you live? What other resources are there?

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The Food Guide Pyramid seems to be in question lately with all the low-glycemic, low carb diets around. Information about excess protein in the diet suggests it can cause kidney disease in someone with diabetes which normal function is also in question. Is the Food Guide Pyramid for someone with diabetes going to change?

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My 21 month old daughter was recently diagnosed with type 1 diabetes, and I am having trouble finding calorie intake and portion size information for her age. Any resources would be appreciated.

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There are several low carb products out there that have a total carb count, e.g. 14 grams, but then it will say Net Impact: Carbs 2 grams. Only 2 grams should affect blood sugar levels. My son’s dietitian recommends not using the net carb number, but cutting the total carb number in half, but I have seen different effects on blood sugar when doing this. Is there a general rule of thumb?

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Recently, our local supermarkets and health-food stores have begun to stock an abundance of Atkins’-brand and other low-carb products. I’ve bought these for my own use, and my 13 and one-half year-old son. Are the carb counts on these labels accurate? Are these foods safe as an occasional snack for a growing teen? His post-prandial blood sugars seem to be stable using his carb-to-insulin ratio.

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