I am a concerned mother in regards to my type 1 diabetic daughter. We are living in the Philippines. I buy and drink the Old Orchard Healthy Balance Cranberry Apple juice. Can you offer advice for my daughter? Thank you and I appreciate it.

Type 1 diabetes is a condition in which the body does not produce insulin, which according to the American Diabetes Association is “needed to convert sugar (glucose), starches and other food into energy needed for daily life”. Nutrition goals for someone with Type 1 diabetes include managing blood sugar levels to avoid high or low levels; in addition, making sure adequate nutrition is being provided to ensure your daughter’s proper growth and development. Staying in close contact with her doctor is important when managing insulin and blood sugar levels.

I would encourage you to help your daughter eat a healthy and balanced diet. Remember that foods that are considered carbohydrates (starches, fruit, milk) are going to have the most impact on blood sugar levels so make sure that each meal she eats is balanced and includes foods from all of the food groups. Foods that have more concentrated forms of sugar (cookies, chocolate, soda, cake, candy) should be monitored and limited when necessary. To help manage blood sugar levels, I would continue to provide her with water and low sugar beverages (like Healthy Balance juice). For example, at breakfast consider a few scrambled eggs, whole-wheat toast and a glass of milk or Healthy Balance juice. Lunch might consist of a turkey sandwich on whole-wheat bread with string cheese and an apple (water or Healthy Balance juice). Make sure that you keep healthy snacks around also. Keep whole grain crackers and cheese slices, yogurt, nuts, peanut butter toast, fresh fruits and vegetables, etc. handy in case she gets hungry between meals.

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