Diabetes Articles
  • Sign Up
FacebookTwitterDiggStumbleuponGoogle BookmarksRedditLinkedinPinterest

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.

Find out if you qualify for discount Diabetic testing supplies, free offers or other running discounts at this time.


  1. First Name*
    Enter first name
  2. Last Name*
    Enter last name
  3. Phone*
    Enter valid US phone number
  4. E-mail*
    Enter email address



By submitting this form I authorize to be contacted by telephone. Please be assured that we value and protect your privacy. Co-Pays and Deductibles may apply.

About The Diabetes Network

The Diabetes Network was developed with the idea that people living with diabetes needed a central place to go for resources as well as get ideas, suggestions and encouragement. We have put a lot of effort into this website to make it easy and fun to navigate as well as informative so that you can have a voice when it comes to managing your diabetes. Please let us know how we can improve this website to better suit your needs.

More about our Mission

We're on a mission to make the healthcare community more technologically advanced than ever before. This website adapts to fit your tablet, iPad®, iPhone®, Android® or other smartphone. Just one of the ways we are working to make life easier for those living with Diabetes. Learn More...