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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.



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