Liberty Atienza helps drive information about the connection of heart disease and diabetes through the For Your Sweetheart campaign. Apart from this, she enjoys writing and spending time with her family.
Diabetes has two types, namely, type 1 and type 2. Having your child diagnosed with diabetes is a frustrating moment as a parent. However, there is still something you can do. In this article, we'll be listing down how to take care of your loved ones with diabetes.
1. Guide them towards a healthy diet
Carbohydrates are of two kinds of carbohydrates, which are simple carbohydrates and complex carbohydrates. Between these, simple carbohydrates have a simple chemical structure that causes a spike in the blood sugar compared to complex carbohydrates, which are generally food containing more fiber, vitamins, and minerals.
Of course, this doesn't mean your child should avoid carbohydrates altogether as the body needs energy sources. However, it does mean that it should be complex carbohydrates rather than simple carbohydrates and empty calories that you should be incorporating into your child's diet. With protein and fat, you don't have to worry as much as they don't cause much of an effect the way carbohydrates do for your child's body.
2. Reduce or cut off their sugar intake
If you find that your child really can't move forward without sugar or sweets, there are always sugar substitutes you can incorporate into their diet instead. Teach your child from a young age not to depend too much on sugar as the reality is that they provide empty calories, and they'll end up addicted to sugar the more they consume it.
3. Monitor their insulin intake
Medications in the form of pills may be convenient, but this doesn't apply to insulin since the stomach acids will destroy the insulin once swallowed. Insulin can only be taken in the form of injections, which is where you come into significance—to ensure that your child is getting regular insulin to avoid having their blood sugar spike up.
4. Encourage physical activity
Exercise lowers glucose levels and encourages the body's insulin sensitivity. If you can get your child to exercise regularly, around two to three hours after a meal, it would be easier to avoid their blood sugar from rising.
Any physical activity for your child would do. If you find they enjoy cardio such as running or even dancing, then that's all the more reason to encourage your child to engage in physical activity. Before letting your child engage in physical activity, feed them with a banana or orange to ensure their blood sugar remains normal.
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David B. Younger, Ph.D. is the creator of Love After Kids, for couples that have grown apart since having children. He is a clinical psychologist and couples therapist with a web-based private practice and lives in Austin, Texas with his wife, 16-year-old son, 7-year-old daughter and 9-year-old toy poodle.