Children need to follow the same health recommendations that adults need. So, the best way to manage Type II diabetes is with healthy eating and exercise. Keeping children as active as possible is really important in managing their blood sugar levels, just as much as it is in adults. The main thing with children is to make sure that they're still getting plenty of energy to grow. So, essentially they want to be eating regularly to keep their blood sugar levels nice and stable.
They probably shouldn't go any longer than three to four hours without food, meaning they need to have breakfast, mid-morning snacks, lunch, afternoon tea, and dinner and maybe a snack again afterwards. They need to be eating quite regularly and following just the general Australian dietary guidelines which say that choosing low GI carbohydrates that are made from whole grains, and that are not highly processed.
Wholemeal breads, wholemeal pastas, brown rice, and then other whole grains like oats, barley, etc., generally should be a really regular part of their diet. They also need to have protein, so making sure they have some kind of lean protein at each of their meals. Dairy foods, low-fat dairy foods, lean meats, nuts, if they don't have a nut allergy obviously, and eggs. Plenty of fresh vegetables and two servings of fruit are essential.
Obviously children with diabetes need to reduce their intake of processed foods that are high in sugar and saturated fats, so making sure that most of their food comes from whole grain, whole food rather than highly processed and packaged foods.
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