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With Easter just around the corner we know that many people with diabetes and their friends and family might be unsure about striking the right balance when it comes to chocolate eggs and other sweet treats.
When you have diabetes it’s really important to eat a healthy, balanced diet and to only include sugary, high-fat foods occasionally.
But Easter only comes once a year and people with diabetes shouldn’t worry about the odd one or two indulgences, as these will not affect long-term blood glucose control. Of course, some adults with diabetes may actually prefer an alternative Easter present such as flowers, fruit or a book so it’s worth checking what they would prefer.
When it comes to children with diabetes it’s important that they don’t feel that their condition excludes them from enjoying a chocolate treat like their friends or siblings, but parents might want to keep an eye on portion size and how much they are eating.
They may also want to check blood glucose levels of children more frequently if increased amounts of chocolate are being eaten, to enable adjustment of insulin doses where necessary. We would also recommend that adults think about whether treasure hunts involving lots of chocolate eggs could involve alternative non-food treats as well, adding to the surprise.
We do not recommend ‘diabetic’ Easter eggs. Diabetic chocolate is just as high in fat and calories as ordinary chocolate, it can still raise blood glucose levels and is often more expensive than regular chocolate.
We would recommend remaining mindful and keeping an eye on how much regular chocolate and sweet treats people are eating.
To see our selection of healthier Easter recipes go to diabetes.org.uk/easter-recipes
With very best Easter wishes.
Head of the North, Diabetes UK