Trick or treat: What Children With Diabetes Should Watch Out For On Halloween

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Even children with diabetes can nibble on Halloween
Pumpkins, creepy costumes and children asking for sweets: Halloween is just around the corner. Even though it’s great fun for the little ones to go from house to house and shout “Trick or treat”, children with diabetes should be careful that evening. They are allowed to snack, but you should keep an eye on the amount of carbohydrates you consume.

Meanwhile Halloween is celebrated in this country as well.
On the night of 31 October, many people in Germany will again celebrate the Halloween horror custom originating in the USA. Children in particular will dress up as witches, monsters and skeletons, move from house to house and ask: “Trick or treat? Of course, children with diabetes type 1 and type 2 are also allowed to nibble on occasions like Halloween, but they should keep an eye on the amount of carbohydrates, explains the non-profit organization diabetesDE – Deutsche Diabetes-Hilfe in a statement.

Number of children with diabetes on the rise
More and more children suffer from diabetes. A total of 31,000 children and adolescents aged between 0 and 19 years have diabetes type 1.

Due to the increase in overweight, malnutrition and lack of exercise, the acquired type 2 form of diabetes is increasingly diagnosed in children and adolescents.

According to the German Diabetes Aid (Deutsche Diabetes-Hilfe), about 200 new type 2 diseases occur annually in patients aged twelve to 19 years in Germany.

Despite their illness, they want and should also participate in the normal activities of their peers – this also applies to Halloween, when children ring the doorbell of their neighbours in disguise and receive sweets.

Keeping an eye on the amount of carbohydrates
Sweets and snacks for children and adolescents with diabetes are generally not taboo.

But: “For children with type 1 diabetes, it is important not to lose track of the amount of carbohydrates in order to calculate and inject the correct insulin dose,” says Michaela Berger, board member of diabetesDE – Deutsche Diabetes-Hilfe.

“Her body no longer produces insulin that lowers blood sugar.

In contrast, the pancreas of children and adolescents with type 2 diabetes usually still produces insulin, but the cells are less sensitive to the hormone.

“Overweight children with type 2 diabetes should therefore also pay attention to calories during Halloween snacks,” adds the diabetes consultant. “Of course, even metabolically healthy children should not eat too many sugary and fatty snacks.”

Anyone who prepares to visit small Halloween enthusiasts or organises a whole Halloween party can also give children a treat with other gifts:

“Wholemeal biscuits instead of white flour biscuits or something completely different, such as a small toy or colourful crayons can be alternatives,” says Michaela Berger.

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