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How much carbs should my child with type 1 diabetes eat?

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The amount of carbs your child needs depends on his weight, age, size, exercise level, and any medicines he’s taking. Your doctor or dietitian can help you figure out the number of grams or serving sizes your child should have each day.

SOURCES:

American Diabetes Association: “Nutrition Principles and Recommendations in Diabetes.”

KidsHealth.org: “Meal Planning Goals,” “Carbohydrates and Diabetes, “Meal Plans: What Kids With Diabetes Need to Know,” “Hyperglycemia and Diabetic Ketoacidosis,” “Hypoglycemia.”

Children’s Hospital at Dartmouth: “Pediatric Diabetes Education: Nutrition and Meal Planning.”

International Diabetes Federation: “Carbohydrate Counting for Children With Diabetes.”

University of Maryland Medical Center: “Diabetes Diet – Type 1.”

Diabetes Teaching Center at the University of California San Francisco: “Understanding Fiber.”

Reviewed by Renee A. Alli on October 15, 2019

SOURCES:

American Diabetes Association: “Nutrition Principles and Recommendations in Diabetes.”

KidsHealth.org: “Meal Planning Goals,” “Carbohydrates and Diabetes, “Meal Plans: What Kids With Diabetes Need to Know,” “Hyperglycemia and Diabetic Ketoacidosis,” “Hypoglycemia.”

Children’s Hospital at Dartmouth: “Pediatric Diabetes Education: Nutrition and Meal Planning.”

International Diabetes Federation: “Carbohydrate Counting for Children With Diabetes.”

University of Maryland Medical Center: “Diabetes Diet – Type 1.”

Diabetes Teaching Center at the University of California San Francisco: “Understanding Fiber.”

Reviewed by Renee A. Alli on October 15, 2019

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