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Meal Planning, Food and Diet

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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My 79 year old father-in-law, who had a heart attack, was told he had diabetes and needed to go on an 1800 diabetic diet and lose weight or die. Can you help me find such a diet?

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Our five-year-old daughter was diagnosed on May 31, 2003 with type 1 diabetes. She is on insulin. Her doctors said she can eat whatever she wants. I don’t think this is healthy. Can you recommend a diet for her?

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My four year old daughter, who has had diabetes for over two years, doesn’t like plain water so I giver her Crystal Light to drink. Can Crystal Light cause constipation and dehydration?

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My son was recently diagnosed with type 1 diabetes, and his doctor has suggested a 2200 caloric diet. Any suggestions on daily food plans, menus, snack ideas would be appreciated.

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A friend of mine who has hypertension, was recently diagnosed with diabetes and high cholesterol. The doctor put her on pills, told her not to eat pies, cakes, doughnuts, ice cream, etc., and said she is to monitor and come back in about two weeks. What type of food, drinks or diet should she be on now?

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What is a good web site to find a vegetarian diet for diabetes?

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