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From Rhode Island, USA:

I'm 16 years old and type 1, diagnosed six weeks ago. In the hospital they put me on 300 grams of carbs a day, and at first I followed this diet but found that I always felt stuffed and forced to eat. So I went back to my normal eating habits, which was mostly veggies, meats, fruits, nuts, and sometimes whole grain toasts. Now I eat about 90 carbs a day and my blood sugars are excellent. I have read many books on the benefits of low carb, high protein diets in which patients have reversed diabetic complications through normal blood sugars. Yet I keep reading people advocating against low carb diets. Why are people telling me to stuff myself? The general mantra has been to continue with my normal eating habits, but when I do, I am discouraged by my endocrine team.


It sounds like you had a very healthy diet to begin with. The Food Guide Pyramid is a good guide to follow for total nutrition. If you are getting the number of servings recommended from each food group, I would suggest you have a visit with your dietitian to see if she can develop a meal plan that is a little more appropriate to your lifestyle. Individualizing the meal plan is an important part of making diabetes live with you.


Original posting 11 Sep 1999
Posted to Meal Planning, Food and Diet


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