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How is a Type 1 Diabetes Diet Different?

There is no formula for the perfect diabetes diet – each individual’s body works in a certain way and thus, a diabetes diet must be altered to fit each person. There are, however, some distinctions between a diabetes diet that is good for an individual with Type 1 diabetes and an individual with Type 2. While participating in any kind of diabetes diet, however, it is important to keep up with your regular blood sugar level checks by using glucose meters. As you follow the outline of your diabetes diet and use your glucose meters you will begin to see how certain foods affect your blood sugar level and you will be able to make changes to your diabetes diet so that it better suits you.

For individuals who have Type 1 diabetes and require insulin treatments, the most important quality in a diabetes diet is balance between food intake and insulin. As you being your diabetes diet, keep a journal that shows your meals and the resulting glucose level – this will help you to achieve balance between the food you eat and the medications and injections you need to take.

Use internet resources or ask your doctor for good diabetic recipes so that you do not find yourself eating the same things everyday. Recent diabetes news suggests that the average individual with Type 1 diabetes needs to take in 16 calories per pound per day and no more than 50-60% of that intake should be attributed to carbohydrates. Exercise is an important part of any diabetes diet in that it helps individuals to maintain this recommended intake. The combination of careful eating, exercise, and insulin treatments, if in proper balance, can allow an individual with Type 1 diabetes to life a healthy, normal life.

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