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Meal Planning, Food and Diet

I have had diabetes for over 30 years, and have gradually gained weight over the years. I have tried dieting but have not been able to stick to it, and I have heard of the South Beach Diet, which is currently “hot”. Is that appropriate for people with type 1 diabetes?

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I am putting together a list of snacks that my son can have with the kids for his preschool. Could you give me some help?

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My daughter is on NPH with Humalog. If I check my daughter and she is okay one hour after eating, should I expect the macaroni and cheese to kick in two to three hours later? Should I have her eat additional food to keep from getting low during the next two to three hours? How soon does macaroni and cheese affect the blood sugar?

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My 86 year old grandfather, who has type 2 diabetes, is in the hospital right now with congestive heart failure and may have surgery very soon. His favorite drink is a chocolate milk shake. Is there any way that I can make him a shake and still stay within his diet? If you can help, he may not be as grumpy as he is right now.

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My 73 year old wife has type 2 diabetes and drinks regular soda pop daily. I was told that regular pop is loaded with sugar. She also loves chocolates. Are diet soda and diet chocolate better for my wife? Must she stop drinking regular soda?

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I’ve read a lot about the benefits of soy and soy-based products and understand that it’s a good daily food source for diabetics, especially in the area of vegetarian food which mainly uses soy flour. Does that mean that my dad (who is a Type 2 diabetic) can henceforth consume large amounts of all types of soy-based food products and vegetarian food made from soy flour?

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A 62 year man was told he was borderline and could probably control things with diet so I am looking for a recipe for brown sugar substitute.

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How safe is aspartame?

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Low carbohydrate diets seem to be all the rage for reducing insulin stimulation. How do you feel about a low carb diet for children with diabetes? Is it okay to give a low (or no) carb meal when blood glucose is high instead of an extra insulin jab?

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What is an appropriate daily carb intake is for a person with type 2 diabetes?

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