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Meal Planning, Food and Diet

I am a grandmother of a little girl who was diagnosed at the age of 3. I have rheumatoid arthritis and in the course of my treatment, it was recommended that I not use aspartame as a sweetener, as it is really a poison.

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My brother is 17. He was diagnosed with diabetes last year. He can’t keep his blood sugar from being high. The problem is his diet: he’s a fussy eater; he don’t like any vegetables except corn. Do you have any suggestions?

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In many of the diabetic products, the label states that there is no sugar but right below it says sugar alcohol. What is sugar alcohol and how much can a person with diabetes have?

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My 9 year old daughter has had Type 1 for almost a year. It seems to me that the carbohydrates in milk and yogurt have much less of an effect on blood glucose than the carbs in fruit and starches. Any suggestions about how to count them?

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My daughter is 8 years old and has had diabetes for 6 years. She eats sweetened cereal almost every morning. Is this bad for her? People tell me she shouldn’t eat it ever. I think it’s okay.

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What type of vitamins should a 14 year old and a 10 year old with diabetes take to get the appropriate amount they need each day?

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I am 49 years old, have type 2 diabetes, and I am currently taking insulin. I have switched from cow’s milk to soy milk, but cannot find any information to incorporate soy milk into my diet. Do I treat it as equal to cow’s milk with regard to food exchanges?

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I was recently diagnosed with type 2 diabetes and have begun the new diet, but the one thing I really miss is an occasional beer (or two or three) that I have with lunch or dinner, and I have read how to safely have a drink every now and then. How moderately can I drink if I keep my blood sugars in check?

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My wife was diagnosed about eight years ago, and is very careful with her diet. I am concerned about the erratic effect alcohol has on her. I need to know whether this problem is related to her diabetes.

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What is it about dark-coloured diet pop and artificial sweeteners that makes it dangerous for people with diabetes to drink? Is it true that the above has been linked to other illnesses such as MS? Are the diet caffeine-free dark-coloured pops safe to drink for people with diabetes?

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