i have a son that has type 1

By sheila34 Latest Reply 2010-07-28 17:06:34 -0500
Started 2010-07-24 02:46:43 -0500

i have a son thats 13 that just found out he has type 1 does anyone out there has has kids that have it that may beale to help me out with what foods that would be good for him

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Coll3 2010-07-28 17:06:34 -0500 Report

hi, I am a caregiver for a 2 year old boy with Type 1. He was diagnosed at 21 months. Our rule is he can eat what he wants as long as it is carb counted. Right now he has no real specific counts to follow since he is a growing boy. We test, he eats and the carbs he eats are counted and then he is given his insulin. This seems to be working just fine. We do not however allow him to have candy or sweets when ever he wants. Those are saved for special occasions. and are carb coounted as well.
The best thing to do is discuss everything with your son's diabetes educator.
I have type 2 and am learning alot by caring for him.

mas14years 2010-07-28 16:34:40 -0500 Report

Hi Sheila, my name is Melissa and I was diagnosed when I was 12. Back then there were not as many sugar free items as there are now. I do remember having peanutbutter with a lot of things such as vanilla wafers, waffles, bananas. Peanutbutter is a good snack and a good source of protiein as well. It doesnt spike sugar and it is good with milk. I would try adding it into his diet. The trick with diabetes and even weight control is moderation.

Mama Dee
Mama Dee 2010-07-28 12:14:48 -0500 Report

Happy day,
Praise God for your obidence to come to this site & reach out for assistance. This is a loving careing site, you & your family will be blessed here. I will be standing on the wall in the name of Jesus 4 you & your family. It really do take a villiage to raise a child. Remember that God is w/you let Him have full control & every thing will be alright w/time & pray. Did you know that obidence is a praise to God give Him the glory for the things He has done is doing & will do.

Working 4 Jesus, & Loving it.

John Crowley
John Crowley 2010-07-28 10:13:08 -0500 Report

Welcome, Sheila.

I understand how difficult it can be for a 13 year old to handle a new diagnosis of diabetes. My son was 8 when he was diagnosed and so he had had years of practice before hitting 13—yet 13 was still a very tough time for him. Let's just say that self discipline is not the strong suit of most 13 year old boys.

The keys for your son are to 1) learn to make testing a regular habit (if neither of you know what's happening with his blood sugar you certainly can't make adjustments), 2) I'm not sure what type of insulin regimen your doctor has your son on, but learn all you can about matching your insulin dose to the number of carbs. Ask lots of questions with your doc. Do all you can to understand how carbs and insulin work together. 3) Learn to eat a well-balanced diet. Try to avoid meals that are all (or almost all) carbs.

The good news is that most boys tend to like meat. Meals centered on meat and non-starchy vegetables are great for your son. Here are a few good recipes to check out:






Richard157 2010-07-25 19:53:34 -0500 Report

Hello Sheila, welcome aboard! With your help your son can have good control. With that control he can have a long, healthy life. I have been type 1 for 64 years and I am very healthy. I have accomplished everything I have wanted in my lifetime. It is a hard thing to keep good control, and there will be times that he will have unstable blood sugar, but if his overall control is good, he can have a wonderful life. Good luck to both of you!


GabbyPA 2010-07-24 10:43:45 -0500 Report

Here are some articles that might help. I am sorry that I don't have any personal experience to share with you. John Crowley has a diabetic son and he may be able to give you some great insights. He should be on your friend list so you can ask him personally.




Crashnot 2010-07-24 08:23:03 -0500 Report

Hi Sheila,

Welcome to DC!

I was diagnosed at 11 months of age and am now 43, healthy, with two kids of my own.

The best thing for me growing up was being treated like any other kid and being pushed into all the same activities, following my interests, and being allowed the freedom to live. At the same time, I had to accept my unique responsibilities to keep track of how I was doing, when I had to have a snack, how much and when to take injections. Today it's so much easier with glucometers, pumps, and disposable syringes! But it still ain't easy!

My family was brought up on three-square meals a day in reasonable portions. Plenty of fresh veggies or out of the freezer, homemade meat and potatoes. I don't know what your living and working life involve, but if you are not able to cook at home much, try to purchase meals that are as unprocessed as possible. As soon as food is cooked, bagged, frozen or canned, not-so-lovely things are added to it that just don't help us.

You can turn yourself inside out trying to figure out what foods are "right", but I think it is much more reasonable to aim for a balanced diet for the whole family instead of personalized meals for your son. We did not have sugar-coated cereals but learned to eat Cheerios & Rice Krispies without the sugar. Still do to this day and am better for it. Toast with jelly meant one teaspoon of jelly spread thinly. Pancakes were allowed a dribble of syrup, not a lake, and I still drive my husband nuts when I rant that he uses too much syrup :-)

Since your son is at THAT age, he is probably going to be ravenous most of the time! Counter-act that appetite with healthy snack choices. Just keep candy out of the house and have low-fat crackers like graham crackers and Nilla wafers available to be eaten according to their carb content. Apples, oranges, fresh fruits, mini-carrot sticks with hummus dipping sauce (hope he'll eat that, it's wonderful stuff!), and bread. Be sure to spend the time working with him to understand carbs, counting them and taking insulin for them. And when he rebels, screams, and pouts about it, and he will in his way, be there to support him in running his disease, not being run by it.

I would be sure you tie in to a speciality diabetes clinic if money permits. Mine was 4 hours away in Minneapolis, and we made the trip four times a year. It included the doctor, the diabetes nurse and the dietitican. They reviewed my activities, meals, and blood results and made adjustments accordingly. They were also available by phone for panic attacks.

You have so much to learn, be over-whelmed by, and be excited about. Just take things one day at a time. Living with diabetes is just like raising kids. You're going to have days you royally SCREW UP, days you just move along like nothing is different, and days you need a big pat on the back and hug. We give lots of pats and hugs here!!! Just remember that nobody expects you to get it right every time. Bodies change as they age and constantly surprise us with needing more food or insulin when we least expect it. We just get over that moment's trauma, pick up, and motor on with the future in our hearts.

That brushes the topic. Just fire away any time you have a questions, concern or anxiety. We're mostly a pretty good group here!

Lisa in Ontario

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