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Carb Counting for Diabetic Children

 

Children with diabetes and their families must learn about carbohydrate counting diets since different types of food affect blood glucose levels.

Carbs must be counted and counteracted with insulin. Ideas for healthy food choices at meal and snack time also should be discussed with diabetic children, including reduction in soda and juice consumption.

Carbohydrates in diabetics' diets have a direct effect on blood glucose levels. All foods that provide calories are converted into glucose by the body. Fats and proteins in a meal are eventually converted by the body into glucose to use for energy.

Carbohydrates (sugars and starches) are converted to blood glucose within an hour or so after a meal. Therefore, the level of glucose in the blood after a meal is directly related to the amount of carbohydrates consumed.

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Contact Phoenix Children's Hospital to learn more carb counting diets for diabetic children: 602-933-0935.

 

FOR EXISTING PHOENIX CHILDREN'S HOSPITAL ENDOCRINOLOGY AND DIABETES PATIENTS:

If you need a prescription refill, please contact your pharmacy and have them fax or electronically communicate with us. This is the best way to ensure prescription refill accuracy. If this is unsuccessful, please email us as noted above; call if immediate assistance is needed. 

If you have a clinical question, please see the documents you received at your last clinic visit with us for contact and other information, or try the phone or email address above. Of note, we cannot answer any clinical questions for patients who are not a part of our practice already.

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