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Make Sure “Quick and Easy” Food Plans Meet Specific Patient Needs

Jan 5, 2016

19-year-old female, type 1, insulin pump, and counting carbs, wanted to use a particular food plan that touted no counting and no need to worry about numbers. She asked me what I thought of that and I informed her that for weight loss, this can work for some, but she has type 1 diabetes, and she will need to check her glucose and most likely count carbs, or at least make some adjustments in her boluses at each meal. There’s no getting away from that if she wants glucose levels within acceptable target levels. She then agreed to learn more about basal-bolus insulin and carb counting.

Lessons Learned:

  • There are a lot of do-it-quick and easy plans out there, but they do not all take one’s underlying health issues in consideration.
  • When patients ask about these plans, check them out to see if in fact they can work for your particular patient, then teach why or why not.
  • If it sounds too good or too easy to be true, it usually is, especially when it comes to type 1 diabetes.


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