Our expert says:
The dietary treatment of children with type 1 diabetes who use insulin requires a particularly fine balance between insulin dosage, intake of food with different GI-values and exercise expenditure. It is essential that you consult a clinical dietitian (visit the Association for Dietetics in SA Website at: www.adsa.org.za and click on "Find a Dietitian" to find a dietitian in your area), to assist you with providing the correct food at the correct time, esp if your child is taking part in strenuous exercise. The dietitian may recommend that you child uses low-GI carbs or changes the timing and dosage of the insulin, rather than to use high-GI carbs as fuel for exercise. Because it is necessary to take all the relevant factors into account: age of child, weight, present dosage of insulin and type of insulin, intensity of exercise and length of exercise sessions, etc, it is essential that you ask the dietitian to work this out for your child.
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