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tammy
Hi,
we Are in hospital with my non ED daughter and she has been diagnosed with type 1 diabetes. We are being taught how to count carbohydrates and read food labels etc. My now well recovered ED son is nine years old and his ED was triggered when he was taught how to read labels at school. I am worried that all of the carbohydrate counting and label reading will trigger him. I am also worried that I will have to have lots of low carb things in the house whereas af the moment I have lots of creamy yoghurts and high calorie snacks for my son. Any advice appreciated. 
Thanks Tammy
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Enn
Oh tammy,
I am sorry about this new medical issue in your family.  In those with Type 1 Diabetes( children) the focus really is growth and proper physical development. Please ensure they know the other issues in the family. It is not about low carbs in kids with type 1,  it is about growth. In fact, the goal is to teach them how to eat what they want and adjust insulin as needed. That will be the parent's job for a while until they child can have autonomy. How old is she? It is ok for a type 1 Diabetic to have carbs. It is essential in a child to have the carbs. . Type 2 DM can be helped with lower carb diet. Different pathophysiology and different needs for child or adult. Talk with the dietitian, ( I know you already have) and make a good plan. 
I send you a big hug.
XXX
When within yourself you find the road, the right road will open.  (Dejan Stojanovic)

Food+more food+time+love+good professional help+ATDT+no exercise+ state not just weight+/- the "right" medicine= healing---> recovery(--->life without ED)
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Enn
Wanted to add, I suggest you keep the carbo counting to yourself a bit and that may help him too. 
It is not what he needs to be part of. Just like you took care of ED, you got this too!
XXX
When within yourself you find the road, the right road will open.  (Dejan Stojanovic)

Food+more food+time+love+good professional help+ATDT+no exercise+ state not just weight+/- the "right" medicine= healing---> recovery(--->life without ED)
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tammy
Thanks scaredmom. They have been great at hospital and have advised as long as she counts the carbs and adjusts the insulin at mealtimes that is fine. It is the two snacks per day that she has to keep to less than 20g of carbs. 
We have tried to explain to our son that it is because of her medicine that she needs to count the carbs and that she. An eat anything as long as she adjusts her insulin.
my daughter is 12. Both her and my son seem to be taking it in their stride.
thanks again. X
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Enn
You have handled that so well! 
XXX
When within yourself you find the road, the right road will open.  (Dejan Stojanovic)

Food+more food+time+love+good professional help+ATDT+no exercise+ state not just weight+/- the "right" medicine= healing---> recovery(--->life without ED)
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Foodsupport_AUS
It is great that they seem to be taking it in their  stride. Type 1 diabetes is a condition that a lot of people struggle to come to terms with. 

I agree with scaredmom that talking to both of them about appropriate diets for each person is a really good start. Hopefully your dietitian is aware of eating disorders as well as diabetes. 
Without wanting to freak you out, since there is a family history of eating disorder I would watch for diabulimia. Dr Jennifer Gaudiani covers this well in her book Sick enough, but there are also numerous articles about it. This article was published in the BMJ only yesterday.  https://www.bmj.com/content/364/bmj.l982.full
D diagnosed restrictive AN June 2010 age 13. Mostly recovered 10 years later.  Treatment: multiple hospitalisations and individual and family therapy.
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ValentinaGermania
So sorry  to hear that you are fighting two diseases now.
Try to see it as a challenge for your son to learn that different people have different needs. His sister may need to follow a different meal plan than he is and that is what he will experience in his whole life.
Keep feeding. There is light at the end of the tunnel.
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Aggie
Hi there,
i have a son with type 1, 5 years in and an ED daughter, 2 1/2 years in. First of all I appreciate what you are going through at the moment as there is so much to take in at diagnosis but I promise that carb counting will become second nature, as will living with this condition. If you haven't already, download the carbs and cals app on your phone, it will be invaluable as you get used to what carbs are in each food type and will allow to check carb content quietly. If you have the option for her to have a pump rather than inject, go for it, it will make a huge difference to the management of her condition and you won't have to worry about low carb snacks to avoid injecting for them as you can adjust the insulin via the pump and eat as normally as you did pre diabetes.  I am conscious that my daughter understands only too well about carb content but it doesn't seem to have impacted her, in all honesty most main meals come out at a similar carb count so she pays little attention and we made it clear from the outset, two different conditions - very different needs. Sorry you also have this to contend with now, if You need anything, please just ask xx
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