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Is Low Carb Eating Good for Children?


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By: FatCatAnna

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I am a Type 1 diabetic diagnosed back in the early 60's as a child.  I am living in Montreal, Canada and enjoy scribbling about diabetes from time to time. I’ve had my ups / downs just like any person would experience with going through life - diabetic or not.  My motto in life?  Diabetes does not control me – I control it!! 

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Posted: Sep 14, 2011 13:37
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  • Is Low Carb Eating Good for Children?

    I have quite a few friends that follow Dr. Richard K. Bernstein's way of eating - which is to myself - very restrictive for me personally (he really doesn't like fruits to be eaten - due to their effect on blood sugars). When I recently read someone giving advise to a parent of a child with diabetes and telling them not just about low carb being good for their child it started to get me abit upset (even more so - they were giving out details on mixing insulin with saline - that is something a doctor should be advising a patient on).

    Anyway, I accept that for some - this is what makes them happy (especially for those Type 2's needing to lose weight) - and I have no problems with that. I respect all ways of eating/controlling your health - except for the claims of cinnamon lowering blood sugars - I don't think the teaspoon a day that I tried for a few weeks made any difference - though my steel cut oatmeal tasted fantastic.  I just know having only 6 grams of carbs for breakfast is possible for me (I tend to average about 30 grams myself for breakfast).



    I just know, as a child, I needed those carbs, due to being active along with all those hormonal surges that kids go through.  It didn't have any ill effects on me in the long run I think - of not eating low carb.  So far as I get closer to 50 years of having diabetes - touch wood - I'm doing well with no adverse effects of how I control my diabetes.  I know Dr. Bernstein says that a child following his way of eating can get all the correct nutrients without some of the foods he doesn't allow - but still - what happens when your child goes to a party - where "forbidden" food is available?  I know for myself, I loved going to other people's houses, where foods my Mum didn't have in our own household were readily available for me to sample.  I mean, a kid has to be a kid, to have a juicy slice of watermelon - and spit out the pits at your friends - that is FUN!!!

    Also, the aim of having an A1C in the mid-range of 4.2%-4.6% makes me wonder about how this would affect a child.  I seem to be sticking around 6% - and am very happy with that reading - but a recent meeting with an endo I had hoped would be my doctor felt that I probably suffered from many hypos to get that number.  I don't - and my blood meter proved that to her (and no - the endo won't take me on as a patient - she said I am doing fine on my own).    My point here is, I think as a parent of a child, I would worry even more if I was to have them following the goals that Dr. Bernstein wishes his patients to have (all with the goal of avoiding complications from diabetes).
     
    Recently I came across a great article at Diabetes UK (I follow them both in Twitter and Facebook) - that explains in what I call "layman terms" what low carb eating is all about.  I have tried to read Dr. Bernstein's books a few times - but I find them to be abit too technical for myself.  It turns out that my way of eating carbs where I'm between 100-120 grams of carbs per day on average is basically a "low carb diet".  Anything under 30 grams a day - which I believe is what Dr. Bernstein's follows is called "very low carb".  Again, I'm just not able to go that low (though my Dad apparently eats this way now according to my Mum now).

    So, if you are abit puzzled by low carb eating like I am - check out this link from Diabetes UK and hopefully it'll answer any questions you may have like I did. 


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  • By: AmariT: Oct, 03, 2011 21:36 PM
    I'm still not sure I understand the low carb diet. The most important thing, of course, is still eating a healthy amount of carbs even if you're eating less of them. I worry about people going overboard on this kind of thing.


    By: Kelly59: Sep, 15, 2011 09:59 AM

    I agree with you about the low carb stuff for kids Anna.  I do low carb but I would question the safety for kids.  Like you said, all the hormones at play.  There are more kids than adults that die from dead in bed syndrome.  I know when my thyroid went out of whack, my BS was going from low to high and back to low without notice.  Kid’s hormones are like that on a daily basis.  If they are running at a lower level, they have no place to go when their BS decides to crash.  That is the very reason that kids have higher goals than an adult would. It is too dangerous for them to have an A1c in the upper 4s or low 5s.

    I do disagree about the chart you posted though.  I think most true low carb people would consider someone eating 100-125 grams of carbs a day moderate carb, not low carb.  When I was eating 85 grams a day, I felt like I was more moderate than low.



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