Hello, welcome to the family of T1D, my sympathies.
I've been a T1D for 33 years, my daughter now for almost 3, and my son is 3-4months into his.
It is very manageable, and ideally you really don't have to change diet it is all about the carbs. I wear an insulin pump, as does my daughter, it
helps tremendously to account for them and get the appropriate amount of insulin going for the carbs we are eating in a meal.
Now, this doesn't mean to let him eat loaves of bread and account for it, but a few pieces of bread and a dose of insulin for carbs is about the
normal solution. It's ideally about quantity too, accurate measuring of food, and insulin adjustment.
When he is physically active, he will need less insulin (summer, school gym class). During winter, and sedentary times you will have to probably give
a tiny bit more.
It's all a 'game' of measuring, quantifying and managing. Also when counting carbs, subtract the dietary fibre from the total carbs, as the dietary
fibre portion isn't digested/absorbed.
Yea, a piece of candy isn't a bad thing now and then, moderation, a pile of candy is a bad idea. Processed foods are easy to calculate, but not
nearly as healthy. We do a lot of home cooking from scratch here and it works pretty well.
Careful what you read, too. Most medical doctors are clueless, as are school nurses and the majority of medical doctors. Find an endocrinologist,
they tend to deal with Diabetics and are a lot more in the know for treating the disease.
Once he's in his teen years, 500mg of cinnamon a day will help keep sugars in check on top of his insulin.
Reach out to The Barbara Davis Center, in the USA. They're the leading group, and I'm sure would be happy to send information along to you as well.
And you can always ask questions via PM to me if you'd like.
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