Carb counting

By isaboll Latest Reply 2014-02-08 22:33:35 -0600
Started 2014-02-06 07:33:26 -0600

Does anyone have experience with newly diagnosed kids with diabetes and how to make them eat healthy? Or rather how they feel about changing diet etc?

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klovestexas 2014-02-07 11:38:21 -0600 Report

My son goes to a Nutritionist, and yes she told us he can eat whatever if we give him the right amount of insulin. However, if we stick to certain food that's not process we will have an easier time managing his levels. I found that to be so true, because during the week we do eat very healthy. On the weekend sometimes, we don't and it never fails he's too high because of the junk he's eating. Even if I have the right carb count, I never seem to get the right dosage but I want him to be a kids so we just do a correction.

IronOre 2014-02-07 12:56:06 -0600 Report

As far as I am concerned you are spot on.
Yes, there will be times that he will go high . . . as long as you know how to bring it done he will be just fine.
After 39 years I have no complications, and based on my experience those who cut down on their carbs are the ones that have the issues.

klovestexas 2014-02-07 13:01:34 -0600 Report

We were never told to count down on carbs, we were told to eat the right carb. That's awesome you haven't had complications, I hope my son has some of your DNA;)

IronOre 2014-02-08 22:33:35 -0600 Report

Maybe he does have some of my DNA . . .
Oh wait, you are in Texas, and I am in Wisconsin.
No, not a chance.

IronOre 2014-02-07 15:04:46 -0600 Report

Just let your son have as normal life as he can and all will be good.
And none of that "you can't have (or do) that because you are diabetic" crap.
As far as reducing carbs goes . . . I guess that is more of a thing with type 2's rather than type 1's

IronOre 2014-02-07 16:19:20 -0600 Report

You have the ability to edit your post if you make a mistake.
If you look at your response you will see the word "edit" between "reply" and "like".

IronOre 2014-02-07 10:44:26 -0600 Report

So is a doctor suggesting a special diet?
I have been type 1 for 39 years, since age 14, and pretty much ate what everybody else does, just sensibly.
Healthy applies to all kids, not just diabetics.

klovestexas 2014-02-06 17:11:49 -0600 Report

My son was dx 8 months ago and he hate eating anything healthy. I had to be real with my 9 year old by telling him how serious the disease was. I don't know how old your child is but I had to pull up graphic pictures of what could happen if he doesn't start eating better. However, it started with me I gave away just about ever unhealthy product we had in our pantry and all I have now is nuts, fruits and veggies! It only took 1 week to start eating what we had because he didn't have a choice there was nothing else. So now, I give him treats every now and then. Honesty, he doesn't really ask for sweets anymore;)

Silicone eyes
Silicone eyes 2014-02-07 10:32:00 -0600 Report

Blunt honesty (scare tactics) can either really work or really back fire. My room mate when I was dx'd had just had his leg amputated and it did not faze me at all. After all I was 15 and was Never going to be in my 60's. I really like how you cleaned out the pantry and made it healthier for everyone, better to feel included, special and different isn't always fun. Sounds like you're doing great

klovestexas 2014-02-07 10:43:49 -0600 Report

It worked for now keeping my fingers crossed;) I think its good to be educated than to be left in the dark. This is a serious dx and I learned from a lot of success stories you can't dance around the diseases. When their at the age of understanding like my 9 year old…I believe educating is the key. We will have bumps and resentment, and I'm aware of the troubles of dealing with teens;( I don't look forward to those days, I'm hoping with what's he's learning now and giving him levels of responsibilities he will be ok.

Silicone eyes
Silicone eyes 2014-02-07 10:51:10 -0600 Report

I can just answer for how I handled it myself, I can not even begin to imagine if either of my children had it. You're doing great

jarett88 2014-02-06 16:11:18 -0600 Report

Personally too. I was 11. My mom tried to help. When I did feel bad to a high blood sugar because of the food I eat she would tell me you did this to yourself. She made me take responsibility for my action.

Silicone eyes
Silicone eyes 2014-02-06 08:21:50 -0600 Report

Just personally, I was 15. It was rather unwillingly that I gave up Mt. Dew and Snickers for breakfast. It's going to be a struggle, be supportive and focus on what you CAN do and not what you can't.

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