Jul 9, 2015

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Study: It Is Now Hard For Parents To Obtain Diet For Youths With Type 1 Diabetes

While patients with Type 1 Diabetes often need a modification in their eating habits, many youths with the disease hardly consume healthy meals. This poses a daunting challenge to their parents who work hard in order to help their youth get the proper diet. Researchers have embarked on a mission of trying to find out possible healthier options and their different price tags of such foods that prompt many parents flock stores in western Missouri and northern Kansas in search of food. There are many reasons given when asked why such youths do not receive nutritious diet. Some of the reasons include lack of enough money, the lack of knowledge of the right meal that has the required nutrients, and the inability to finding enough time to prepare the youths the required meals.

In a bid to inquire whether the required health meal for T1DM patients was really expensive, researchers embarked on a candid study. The study included Children’s Mercy Kansas City, Kansas, and University of Kansas Medical Center in Kansas City. Researchers recruited families that have children aged between 1 and 6 years and who have at least 6 months on their T1DM diagnosis. The children also had a record of intensive insulin regimen. Towards the end of the research, 23 families were included before the results were issued. At the time of the research, the chosen families provided demographic details showing which of the local stores they bought their foods from. Later, Masters in Dietetics students were dispatched to designated shops with the aim of collecting information on the lowest prices of the foods that are recommended for such patients.

Susana R. Patton, who was the study’s lead author, said,“ Our results showed that a healthier market basket cost 18% more than the standard basket. Moreover, families can face barriers in finding specific healthier foods at their local stores.” It is interesting to note that small flea markets were found to have more nutritious foods that are required by T1DM patients that were found to be missing from the large food stores that the chosen families gave out. Based on the research that was conducted in and around Kansas, concluded that there should be strategies that should be done in order to curb the problem of feeding youths with T1DM. There were, however, limitations on the scope of the study since it did not involve other areas. In order top extend this conclusion concretely and broadly, more research is inevitable.

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