Diabetic at 37

This week I saw a new onset of type one Diabetes in a 37 year old otherwise healthy for height and weight male. His sister also became diabetic at the same age. I felt bad for him, having to count carbs and give himself shots of insulin.

Kudos for him, thanks to apps, and his diligence, he is documenting all he eats, and how much insulin he takes and his blood sugars. He is doing a wonderful job and off to a good start. Thats an example of technology to our advantage

I was able to tell him how many calories he needed in a day and to break them down into 30% protein, 30% fat and 40% as carbs with emphasis on complex carbs and high fiber instead of simple sugars

High fiber slows down the absorption of glucose and helps regulate blood sugar better. It may decrease his need for insulin in the long run.

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Foods that help you concentrate

Caffeine can make you more alert ( coffee, tea, dark chocolate)

Glucose (not table sugar) found in complex carbohydrates can offer short term memory boost and help thinking process.

Breakfast-such as high fiber whole grains, dairy and fruit help you concentrate

Fish containing omega three fatty acids enhance memory- especially as you get older

Blueberries-prevent age related conditions such as Alzheimer’s and improved learning and muscle function with aging.