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Diabetics at Easter

Doctor KarenBy Dr. Karen Palmer
Easter Egg
Easter Egg

Dear Karen

My niece is a diabetic. Is it ok to buy her a chocolate Easter egg?

KAREN SAYS:

A little  chocolate at this time of year will not affect her long-term blood glucose control.

For kids with diabetes, it is important they have a similar egg to their siblings and friends so that they do not feel their diabetes excludes them.

The key is for her to eat small amounts of the egg at a time, spread throughout the Easter period. Watch out for eggs that contain extra sweets and chocolate - go for one that has a toy or mug instead of extra sweets.

‘Diabetic’ Easter eggs are not recommended.

The chocolate contains fructose, sorbitol which can have a laxative effect. It is also just as high in fat and calories as ordinary chocolate, and can still raise blood-glucose levels.