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.
May 22, 2001
Meal Planning, Food and Diet
Question from Dublin, Ireland:
What special factors are associated with the diet for children with diabetes?
The most important factors are that the child receives good nutrition to promote normal growth and development while maintaining blood sugars in the target range. It is important for all people to have a healthy diet which includes all the foods in the Food Guide Pyramid. This means that sweets and fats are in the smallest triangle. It does not mean that children with diabetes cannot have certain foods, but they must calculate how they fit them into their meal plans and make sure they are not getting an overabundance of them.
Growth is a very good indicator of how well a management plan is working. A good balance between food, insulin and exercise is imperative and requires frequent monitoring. I encourage young children to “make friends” with as many fruits and veggies as they can — often a lot easier said than done, but a terrifically good habit to form.