Help for Type I Diabetes
By: Candance Gabel, MS, RD,
Associate State Nutrition Specialist,
Family Nutrition Education Program
Adapted from: Prevention and Therapeutic Nutrition Handbook
Nutrition and Lifeskills
for Missouri Families
If you have Type I Diabetes Mellitus
then you need to focus on regulating your blood glucose (sugar) and lipid
(fat) levels along with maintaining a desirable body weight and consuming
a diet that meets your nutrient needs.
Here are some suggestions to help you
follow your diabetic meal plan and keep your blood sugar levels regulated.
- Eat 3-5 meals a day at approximately the
same time each day.
- If you must have something sweet to eat
try sugar-free alternatives such as sugar-free sodas, gelatin,
puddings, cookies. We recommend you choose low-fat snacks such as
fresh fruit, low-fat crackers, and popcorn.
- Choose angel food or pound cake to
celebrate birthdays and special holidays.
- Eat a high fiber cereal that contains 6
grams of fiber per serving for breakfast; avoid those cereals that are
high in sugar.
- Replace fruit juices with fresh
- Make sure any canned fruit you purchase
is canned in water or in its own juice, rather than in syrup.
- Drink low-fat (1%) milk to reduce fat
- Make exercise a part of your daily
- Monitor glucose levels at least two
times per day.
- If you have specific questions regarding
your diet prescription see a registered dietitian or your physician.
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