Diabetes can be Christmas curse

First published in Letters

Sir.–As preparations get underway and people start to be full of Christmas cheer, some of your readers who have diabetes will realise that Christmas is not as straightforward as they would like it to be.

For most people, Christmas is a time for treats and a bit of overindulgence and any extra pounds gained can be lost in the New Year. However, for someone with diabetes, Christmas is a time of temptation, unpredictable or delayed meals, extra nibbles, excitement and stress, which can lead to varying blood sugars.

We recognise that Christmas can be a difficult time for people who have Type One or Type Two diabetes, especially the first Christmas with diabetes, so we are happy to supply people with an information pack which contains our “Christmas Tips”.

These give various options for Christmas dinners and a recipe for home-made lower carbohydrate and calorie Christmas pudding and many other tips.

We are happy to send out this information pack free of charge to any of your readers to help them over Christmas. To obtain one, your readers can contact IDDT on 01604 622837 or email martin@iddtinternational.org.

Martin Hirst, PR Manager, Insulin Dependent Diabetes Trust (IDDT) PO Box 294, Northampton NN1 4XS.

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