Most new diagnoses of Diabetes Mellitus in
childhood are type 1, that used to be called
insulin-dependent or juvenile-onset Diabetes
Type 1 Diabetes is characterized by
autoimmune destruction of the beta cells in the
pancreas, resulting that the child makes almost
no insulin. Insulin is a hormone that is needed to
convert sugar, starches and other food into
energy needed for daily life.
Kids and youth with type 1 Diabetes will have to
take insulin injections to replace the insulin their
bodies can no longer make.
Kids and youth with type 1 Diabetes will have to take insulin injections to replace the insulin their bodies can no
Insulin therapy, Meal Control Plan, regular exercise and other treatments can allow them to manage their
condition and live a long, happy and healthy.
A type 2 Diabetes is characterized by insulin resistance, so the body's cells can't use insulin properly.
Unfortunately, because of the higher number of overweight children, a growing number of children are also
being diagnosed with type 2 Diabetes.
Nutrition goals for our children, as well as their families or caregivers ,may include learning about how to:
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- Eat a well-balanced Meal Plan that is appropriate for children and youth
- Count carbohydrates and determine meal-time insulin dosages based on carbohydrate
counts to keep blood glucose levels within a target range.
- Maintain or lose weight, as appropriate for the patient's situation
- Safely incorporate physical activity and exercise into daily life
- How to read food labels and measure portion sizes
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