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Meal Planning, Food and Diet

A six-year-old student at my school has blood sugars from 45 mg/dl [2.5 mmol/L] and 306 mg/dl [17.0 mmol/L] in a single day. What kind of meals/snacks can we provide to help prevent this?

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For meal planning for someone with type 1, do I count his sugar intake (grams) or just the carbohydrates? Or, do I need to count both?

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Are carb factors for American fruit and vegetables, such as potatoes and bread, the same as here in New Zealand?

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Our friends have been told to let their newly diagnosed three year old choose her meals, then dose insulin accordingly. Can you explain this?

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My 11-year-old has food issues. She sneaks things and asks for seconds or thirds at the dinner table. When she sneaks, she denies it, but her elevated blood sugars provide the proof. What do you recommend? We want her to stop this behavior before she hurts herself.

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Is there a web site where I can look up carbohydrate counts for many different foods and drinks?

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There has been a lot of enthusiasm about low carbohydrate diets. Do you feel these are appropriate for children with type 1 diabetes? Why or why not?

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Recently diagnosed, our daughter’s blood sugars remain over 250 mg/dl [13.9 mmol/L], eating 50 to 60 grams of carbohydrates with each meal. She likes to snack throughout the day. Can I give her six small meals/snacks throughout the day?

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For someone with type 1, what are the consequences of drinking regular Coca Cola? Is it better to have it with a healthy food?

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Do you recommend that diabetics take Vitamin E? I heard it may decrease the risk of atherosclerosis.

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