Kids can still enjoy eggs

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Many people with diabetes, their friends and family, might be unsure about striking the right balance at Easter when it comes to chocolate eggs and other sweet treats.

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.

These will not affect long-term blood glucose control.

Some adults with diabetes may prefer an alternative present such as flowers, fruit or a book.

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.

However 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.

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

Stephen Ryan,

Head of the North, Diabetes UK,

C/o St Cuthbert’s Way,

Darlington.