If you're a parent of a child with T1DM, you need to make sure that your child gets the right nutrients for proper growth and that he balances the food intake with insulin at all times. If you're meticulous about the food your child eats, you'll find that controlling his blood glucose is much easier. I have numerous patients whose blood glucose levels improved dramatically after I sent them to a dietitian.
Chapter 8 discusses how to count carbohydrates so that your child takes the right amount of insulin for the food that he eats. I explain how to include the right mix of protein, fat, vitamins, minerals, and water along with carbohydrates; the diet challenges you face when you feed a child of any age; and how to take other food factors into account, such as sugar substitutes and fast food. I also offer advice on coping with eating disorders.
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All you need is a proper diet of fresh fruits and vegetables and get plenty of exercise and you'll be fine. Ever heard those words from your doctor? If that's all heshe recommends then you're missing out an important ingredient for health that he's not telling you. Fact is that you can adhere to the strictest diet, watch everything you eat and get the exercise of amarathon runner and still come down with diabetic complications. Diet, exercise and standard drug treatments simply aren't enough to help keep your diabetes under control.