Type 1 Diabetes

Also indexed as:Diabetes, Type 1
Also known as childhood-onset diabetes, type 1 diabetes requires regular blood sugar tests and medical intervention. According to research or other evidence, the following self-care steps may be helpful.

The right diet is the key to managing many diseases and to improving general quality of life. For this condition, scientific research has found benefit in the following healthy eating tips.

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Add some olive oil Extra virgin olive oil is a good source of monounsaturated fat. Increasing monounsaturated fats relative to other dietary fats is associated with better blood sugar control and cholesterol levels.
Be GL savvyWhole grains, beans, vegetables, and fruit are loaded with nutrients and fiber, providing valuable fuel that will keep blood sugar levels stable.
Factor in fat and proteinAs much as possible, balance your snacks and meals with carbohydrates, protein, and healthy sources of fat. Including all three macronutrients may help minimize the risk of hypoglycemic events in people who are focused on very tight blood sugar control through intensive insulin therapy.
Feature fiberResearch is mixed regarding the benefits of fiber for lowering or managing blood glucose levels; however, eating more fiber is associated with lower risk of all-cause mortality.
Limit sugar Most doctors recommend that people with diabetes eat less sugary foods like snacks and processed foods and replace these foods with high-fiber, whole foods.
Pick a patternWork with a knowledgeable healthcare practitioner to identify which healthy diet pattern works best for you.

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The information presented by Healthnotes is for informational purposes only. It is based on scientific studies (human, animal, or in vitro), clinical experience, or traditional usage as cited in each article. The results reported may not necessarily occur in all individuals. Self-treatment is not recommended for life-threatening conditions that require medical treatment under a doctor's care. For many of the conditions discussed, treatment with prescription or over the counter medication is also available. Consult your doctor, practitioner, and/or pharmacist for any health problem and before using any supplements or before making any changes in prescribed medications. Information expires December 2019.