DIABETES: Easter treat not off limits

With Easter just around the corner we know that many people with diabetes 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 shouldn’t worry about the odd indulgence as it will not affect long-term blood glucose control.

Of course, some adults may prefer an alternative present such as flowers, fruit or a book.

When it comes to children with diabetes, it’s important they don’t feel excluded 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 more frequently to enable adjustment of insulin doses where necessary. We would also recommend that adults think about whether treasure hunts for chocolate eggs could involve alternative non-food treats as well.

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. We would recommend remaining mindful and keeping an eye on how many treats people are eating.

To see our selection of healthier Easter recipes go to diabetes.org.uk/easter-recipes

Stephen Ryan

Head of the North, Diabetes UK