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From Orlando, Florida, USA:

My 18 month old daughter was just diagnosed with type 1 last week. My question is how to feed her. Is the primary goal to feed her based on the Food Guide Pyramid? When I feed her the six grains, her blood sugars jump above 250 mg/dl [13.9 mmol/L] and higher. Isn't the goal to keep her below 200 mg/dl [11.1 mmol/L], which I can do if I keep her to four grains a day?


It is important for everyone to use the Food Guide Pyramid as a foundation for their eating, especially a child with diabetes. The numbers you state are generally based on adult serving sizes for the pyramid. Speak with a registered dietitian who specializes in pediatric diabetes meal planning to devise a meal plan that will allow for adequate calories for your daughter and allow for optimal blood sugar control. Good luck with meal planning.


Original posting 30 Oct 2005
Posted to Meal Planning, Food and Diet


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