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10 May 2004

Diabetes & Children
My daughter is 6 (six) years old, weights 33kg. We tried to control her weight but still she gained and gained. This resulted in us taking her for tests and found that her glucose levels in her blood was 5.6 mmol/l. The doctor suggested that we put her on a low GI diet. (This is not always easy, because she prefers all the "bad" stuff). This was done and she started losing weight slowly, but now 3 months later we battle with her understanding that this is an ongoing process and that she must help us with this. She started urinating alot - again - and she is always looking for something to eat. I am looking for new ideas regarding food - menus - anything to keep her from gaining weight and us having to start all over again. If possible please forward ideas of a heathy lunch box, snacks anything, to keep her interested and healthy.
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01 Jan 0001

Dear Karen
I trust that you were referred to a clinical dietitian? Diet is one of the most important and powerful factors in the treatment of diabetes, particularly in young children. It is essential to consult a clinical dietitian (check the List of Dietitians on this Website or phone 082-593-0276 or send an e-mail to or look in your local telephone directory or Yellow Pages, to find a dietitian in your area), if your child suffers from diabetes. The dietitian help you to work out a diet that makes provision for her diabetes and assist you with guidelines on how to use the food exchange lists and low GI foods. In the meanwhile, click on 'Diet' and 'Diet Basics' and 'Glycaemic Index' and read the articles on the GI. Also click on 'Diabetes' on the front page of this Website for more information. Click on 'Child' at the top of this page and then on 'Nutrition' to find ideas for 'Lunch boxes', but keep in mind that you MUST combine the correct foods in the correct quantities in each meal and snack for your child and this is where the dietitian will also help you. The article on health lunch boxes is not specifically tailored for children with diabetes. Exercise is beneficial to keep blood glucose and insulin levels under control and lower body weight, so try and ensure that the lassie does some form of exercise for 30 min a day (walking, swimming (heated pool), cycling - anything to get her active).
Best regards
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