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Type 1 Diabetes

Also indexed as:Diabetes, Type 1
Also known as childhood-onset diabetes, type 1 diabetes requires regular blood sugar tests and medical intervention. According to research or other evidence, the following self-care steps may be helpful.

The right diet is the key to managing many diseases and to improving general quality of life. For this condition, scientific research has found benefit in the following healthy eating tips.

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Add some olive oil Extra virgin olive oil is a good source of monounsaturated fat. Increasing monounsaturated fats relative to other dietary fats is associated with better blood sugar control and cholesterol levels.
Fight back with fiberStudies have suggested that a high-fiber diet, especially when combined with a low-glycemic-index diet, improves blood sugar control.
Keep an eye on the GIWhole grains, beans, vegetables, and fruit help keep blood sugar levels stable because their low glycemic index does not cause blood sugar to spike.
Limit sugar Most doctors recommend that people with diabetes eat less sugary foods like snacks and processed foods and replace these foods with high-fiber, whole foods.
Try a vegan dietA vegan diet has been shown to improve diabetic nerve damage, while a low-protein diet has been shown to reduce diabetic kidney damage and may also improve glucose tolerance.
Stay tuned about milkThe relationship between cows' milk and type 1 diabetes remains unclear, although there is some evidence that drinking milk may increase the risk of developing type 1 diabetes.

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The information presented in Aisle7 is for informational purposes only. It is based on scientific studies (human, animal, or in vitro), clinical experience, or traditional usage as cited in each article. The results reported may not necessarily occur in all individuals. Self-treatment is not recommended for life-threatening conditions that require medical treatment under a doctor's care. For many of the conditions discussed, treatment with prescription or over the counter medication is also available. Consult your doctor, practitioner, and/or pharmacist for any health problem and before using any supplements or before making any changes in prescribed medications. Information expires June 2015.