Learning to cook for a 16 year old type 1

By sharoncollard Latest Reply 2012-01-24 09:56:18 -0600
Started 2012-01-23 17:56:32 -0600

I am marrying a man that has 16 year old that is Type 1 and takes 4 insulin shots a day and I do not have a clue…I need help…They are not doing a good jov at it either and I am really concerned…

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door331 2012-01-24 09:56:18 -0600 Report

Do you know if they are on a carb counting regimen? It is very common for most treatments these days and would be the most important thing for a Type1 in my opinion. I can eat anything and everything as long as I know how many carbs are in it. I suggest preparing your meals so that you can calculate the carbs for each serving— at least an approximation should help. I wish my family did this when I was younger, it would have made correcting for meals so much easier.

red flower lady
red flower lady 2012-01-24 02:39:56 -0600 Report

Have you checked out the recipe section on this site? The videos are great as well. There are alot of great diabetes cookbooks out there. You can get some from the library if you would rather not buy them. You can also check out the American Diabetes to see what they suggest. The computer is great as well.

Sorry, I don't cook as my hubby is a chef. Do they know how to count carbs and cook low fat (cholesterol) and yes even a sixteen has to watch this because of the diabetes. If not, I would suggest you all ask the dr to send 16 yr old to diabetes class and see the nutritionist as well. My old endocrinologist's office specializes in diabetes and offers cooking classes once a month.

I would highly recomend an endocrinologist who specializes in diabetes, as they seem to hook you up for classes, dietician/nutritionist, and any other resource you'll need then a regular dr. This would be a good start as a new family.

It is very important that you know what to do living with a type 1, as we can have extremely low blood glucose levels/high if we donot eat according to our insulin intake.
You are in a good place here.

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