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Meal Planning, Food and Diet

I’ve read that alcohol can lower your blood sugar, and I don’t understand how this works. Doesn’t alcohol contain sugar? Can anyone explain this to me?

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I am 54 years old. Both my parents have diabetes. I am taking honey every day during breakfast. Is it harmful to me? Can it cause diabetes?

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Since diabetes (more times than not) leads to heart disease in child or adult, why do these recipes use oil or margarine when it could be substituted with baking spray, applesauce, or totally omitted? I just don’t understand.

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My three year old son, diagnosed nine months ago, takes 1�1/4 units of NPH at bedtime with a 15 gram snack and usually stays high, above 250, until about 2 A.M. when he frequently goes below 100. What are the best complex carb snacks to give him or would you adjust his insulin?

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I have an eight year old daughter with type 1 diabetes. She has chosen to eat at school in the cafeteria. The school says that they need her diet broken down into ounces. I am not sure how to do that. I know she is on a 1600 calorie diet.

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My son purchased and drank a 20 oz bottle of SoBe Tsunami. When he came home that evening, I noticed that the label says it contains 50 mg guarana and 50 mg taurine. We did some research on the Internet and found out that guarana is a stimulant and taurine is a protein with insulin-like properties. After drinking this “energy drink”, his blood sugar levels were out of range the rest of the day. Is this stuff safe to drink? What effect do these ingredients have on him?

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Is there any place we can obtain a list of meal suggestions for a week at a time? Are there recipes for diabetic foods showing carbohydrates amounts?

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My 12 year old grandson, diagnosed about one and a half years ago with diabetes, has continued substantial and frequent fluctuations in glucose levels, and there is considerable controversy in the family about the effects of carbs, proteins, and fats on this pre-teen. If he needs more food, wouldn’t it be better to allow him a few extra proteins rather than carbs which, of course, he often craves?

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A sandwich gives me a “spike” in my blood sugar, but the same amount of carbohydrate in pasta does not. I want to know the approximate difference in the time it will take to become hypoglycemic after eating high versus low glycemic foods as this information would help me avoid becoming hypoglycemic at night.

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My 38 year old brother-in-law has type 2 diabetes and will have to start insulin therapy if they don’t get it under control. They are trying to find out how many carbohydrates he needs for his size and weight because his insurance won’t cover a dietitian, and they can’t afford one out of pocket. Can you tell us how many he needs?

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