Spooky Halloween Diabetes Myth Debunked

halloween candyWhen it comes to Halloween and diabetes, the scariest thing is not the haunted house down the street or the creepy costumes the neighbors wear. It’s the idea that eating sweets causes diabetes and that people with diabetes can’t eat sweets!

Contrary to this myth, neither type 1 nor type 2 diabetes is caused by eating sweets. Although not everything is known about diabetes, research has shown that a person’s genes are one indicator of the disease.

Other risk factors for type 2 diabetes do include lifestyle factors like weight gain, but there’s no reason to believe simply eating sugar will result in diabetes.

Ok, so maybe eating sugar doesn’t cause diabetes, but people with the disease still shouldn’t eat sweets, right?

Wrong again! You may have heard this before, but the same moderation that nutritionists recommend for everyone is also suggested for people with diabetes. A healthy mix of lean protein, fruits and vegetables and starches is the rule for all.

A little moderation goes a long way, especially with Halloween treats. But that doesn’t mean the trick-or-treating is off. Here are 5 Tips for Trick or Treating with Diabetes:

  1. Choose hard candies to pass out so that leftovers can be used throughout the year to treat lows.
  2. Pick fun-sized versions of your favorite treats.
  3. Make a plan for which treats to enjoy throughout the week.
  4. Donate leftover candy to a senior center or hospital.
  5. Forgo edible treats and opt for trinkets or toys.

Sources: American Diabetes Association, Diabetic Care Services

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