Type 1 Diabetes
Nutrition is an important part of managing diabetes. Make meal planning easier by following these simple tips.
Previously known as juvenile diabetes, type 1 diabetes is usually diagnosed in children and young adults. Only 5-10% of people with diabetes have type 1. In type 1 diabetes, the body does not produce insulin. Insulin is a hormone that is needed to convert sugar, starches and other types of food into energy needed for daily life. Without enough insulin, too much sugar stays in your bloodstream.
What can I eat when I have diabetes?
High blood sugar, called hyperglycemia, can be caused, for example, by eating a larger than usual meal, missing a dose of medication or insulin, being sick, inactive, or even stressed out. To learn more about hyperglycemia, click here.
Carbohydrates provide energy and vital nutrients, and raise blood glucose. When carbohydrates are broken down, they turn into sugar – usually the best form of energy for your body. This is why:
Carbohydrates will also raise your blood sugar levels. Choose:
- Whole grains, starchy vegetables, legumes
- Low fat dairy
Protein builds new cells and tissues. Choose:
- Fish, poultry, lean meat
- Reduced fat cheese
- Egg whites
To see if your meal plan is working for you, use Bayer’s CONTOUR® meter. With its pre and post meal markers, you can label your readings before and after your meals and adjust your insulin if needed.
Where can I get more information?
To find nutrition information for almost any food you can think of, go to the nutrition guide. It’s an easy way to stay informed about the food choices you make.