Ask the doctor: Carbohydrate-rich snack can help sustain energy levels among athletic children

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Ask the doctor: Carbohydrate-rich snack can help sustain energy levels among athletic children

Chennai

What special precaution should people with diabetes take to prevent COVID-19?
—B Suresh, a resident of Kolathur
All people with diabetes should be aware of COVID-19 infection and avoid coming with contact with an infected person and, thus, prevent developing the infection. If by chance you have already developed the infection, please see that you keep yourself isolated and don’t infect other family members or people whom you may be in contact with. Most importantly keep your diabetes under good control and seek medical attention as soon as possible. 
—Dr V Mohan, Chairman, Dr Mohan’s Diabetes Specialities Centre
What are the primary nutritional requirements for athletic children?
—Raghu Kumar, a resident of Puzhal
Carbohydrates are not fattening. Carbohydrates are the most preferred source of fuel for exercise. A carbohydrate-rich snack would help the child kick-start the training and also sustain energy levels. Ensure your child develops the habit of sipping of water regularly throughout the day. Proteins are vital for boosting post-training recovery as well as muscle-and-bone strength. Ensure all the major meals contain a source of good-quality protein — milk, dairy products, eggs, meat, chicken and fish. Pulses, legumes, nuts, oilseeds and varieties of peas are also good sources of plant protein. Eggs or milk can be used as a quickly absorbable source of protein in the post-training snack to support recovery.

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