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Re: [IPk] Insulin and food



Hi Mary

When Sasha now 7 years old was dxed at 4 years  in 1999 we were told nothing
about exchanges or carb counting, we saw the dietician and she told us to
"eat a healthy diet".  We already ate wholemeal bread and Sasha loves vegs
and our diet was fine.   All we were told to do was increase the insulin if
your bg levels were high at a certain time several days in a row.   This
only worked during her honeymoon period and after that I couldnt understand
why there was such a variations in her bg.  Of course sometimes her evening
meal would consist of roast chicken, potatoes and veg and sometimes it would
be pizza and chips, but no one else told me anything about carbs at all I
didn't know any better.  Even the books that I bought at that time suggested
that carb counting or exchanges were totally unnecessary and "old hat".  It
was only 12 months ago when I joined a US based support group for kids and
the Diabetes Insight list that I realised that most other countries taught
carb counting or at least exchanges that I looked in to in and started
counting carbs, tried exchanges first but that was not accurate enough.
Once I had got the hang of it things improved and Sasha's bg became more
predictable.  I just can't imagine how people manage without eating the same
thing everyday.  I can guess at a lot of food now and know the carb counts
of lots of the regular meals so its not so bad now.  I get very cross that
people are not given the tools to help themselves.

Jackie

----- Original Message -----
From: "paulleonard" <email @ redacted>
To: <email @ redacted>
Sent: 16 August 2001 20:59
Subject: [IPk] Insulin and food


> Hi all!
>
> Bev, this rings so true (I was diagnosed, in my teens, as IDDM 28 years
ago
> and for the first 10 years was on once daily insulin - even more
constraints
> than twice! Did I rebel?!!).
> If insulin-dependent diabetics don't count carbohydrate / CHO g / lines
(or
> whatever the terminology of the day is), how do they control their
diabetes?
> (Also see my other half's comments!) Could someone please educate me here?
>
> Mary
> ----- Original Message ----- > I am gob-smacked that people are no longer
> taught to vary
> > their insulin dosage with their food...> I cannot believe that people
are
> not taught to vary their
> > dosage as soon as they are diagnosed.  We seem to have moved
> > backwards with diabetes management>
> > Bev
> >
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