Justin Delgado is husband to Kacie Doyle-Delgado, diagnosed at age 11. After more than a decade together, he considers himself to be an expert carb counter and Dexcom inserter. He graduated with his Master of Science in Finance from the University of Utah in 2013 and has been working in commercial banking since then. He attended his first Friends for Life conference in 2015 and is looking forward to volunteering with the teens.
July 28, 2000
Hypoglycemia, Meal Planning, Food and Diet
Question from Ponce, Puerto Rico:
I have a 5 year old son who was recently diagnosed with reactive hypoglycemia. His doctor sent us to a dietitian, so she could design a "diabetic diet" for him. The problem is that it is not working. He continues to have blood sugar drops, and sometimes he says to me he's having "thoughts" he doesn't understand and cannot describe. I'm very concerned about this, but I don't know what to do. Somebody told me to find out about the "glycemic index" in food before continuing with this diet. What is the best way to go?
This problem is unrelated to diabetes. In fact it is due to too much, rather than too little, insulin being produced. Regular intake of starchy carbohydrate and avoidance of large quantities of simple sugars — glucose and sucrose — should avoid the hypoglycaemic episodes.
Additional comments from Lois Schmidt Finney, diabetes dietitian:
I hope he is having small snacks throughout the day and no concentrated sweets, such as candy, juices, fruit, etc. by themselves. We have found that to be most helpful.