Many children and teenagers nowadays are getting diagnosed with diabetes around the world. Children who are overweight or obese, have a family history of diabetes, or are not physically active have an increased chance of developing type 2 diabetes. Teenagers are susceptible to this disease due to hormonal changes, unhealthy eating habits & sedentary lifestyle.
Type 1- diabetes was the most common type in children and teenagers. With Type 1 diabetes pancreas are unable to produce insulin. Without insulin, too much sugar stays in the blood. As a result of rising rates of obesity, Type 2- diabetes is now more prevalent among kids and teenagers. A type 2 diabetic’s body fails to produce or utilize insulin properly.
If they have type 1 diabetes, it may require insulin. However, Type 2-diabetes can be kept under control by Diet and Exercise. Otherwise, patients will need to take insulin or oral diabetes medications.
The Ayurvedic diet provides fiber, protein, healthy carbohydrates, and healthy fats to prevent and manage diabetes.
Diet for Children & Teenagers With Diabetes-
Deliciously Healthy foods and snacks for picky eaters:
- Whole moong dal, Brown rice & peas khichdi
- Vegetables like lettuce, cauliflower, and broccoli can be steamed, roasted, in a salad, or dipped in dressing or hummus
- Jowar, Bajra, Millets, Oats roti
- Dairy products such as cheese or Greek yogurt
- Eggs- boiled, scrambled, omelet, egg muffins, or any way your child likes
- Chicken nuggets, lean meats, poultry, and fish
- Toast, bread, breadsticks, crumpets, bagels, pitta bread, English muffins, currant buns, or malt loaf.
- Tomato or mixed vegetable soup
Breakfast and Snack Ideas for Children with Diabetes
- High fiber cereal- oats, muesli, quinoa, porridge(daliya), etc
- Whole wheat crackers with low-fat cheese or cheese biscuits
- Beans, nuts, and seeds
- Peanut butter or other nut butter with fresh fruits
- Moong sprouts and spring onion Tikki
- Whole wheat birthday cake
- Fruit cake, carrot cake, tea cakes
- Dark cocoa chocolate
- Homemade milkshakes made with fruit and semi-skimmed milk or yogurt.
- Sugar-free lemonades
- Water infused with fresh fruits and herbs for flavor (but not add extra calories or sugar).
To lower risk, the risk of diabetes in children and teenagers should maintain a healthy weight, be physically active, have them eat smaller portions of healthy foods, and limit time with the TV, computer, and video. Try to manage stress in teenagers.
Avoid these foods, drinks and habits –
- Avoid sugary drinks. Instead, choose water.
- Sugary foods
- Don’t let your child skip meals as this can cause them to overeat at the next meal.
- Unhealthy carbohydrates like potato, pasta, refined flour, and its products.
Making the proper food choices is a crucial part of your child’s diabetes treatment. It can help manage blood glucose levels, weight loss, and reduce complications later in life.
Initially, it may appear like a mess, but we can help.
The Vedique Diet Programme by Dr. Shikha Sharma provides an Easy & Healthy Meal Plan that prevents and manages diabetes, reduces weight gain, and optimizes body and lifestyle.