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DIABETES ADVICE FOR CHRISTMAS BREAK

Tips to help diabetes patients in Yorkshire cope with their condition during Christmas have been put together by a health charity.

Diabetes UK suggests people should avoid often expensive foods labelled as 'diabetic' and keep active by taking a wintery walk or doing housework to work off extra calories.

Linda Wood, Diabetes UK Northern & Yorkshire regional manager, said: "Christmas can feel like a daunting prospect for the 2.9 million people living with diabetes in the UK, but having the condition doesn't mean traditional festive foods are forbidden. Like everyone else, the occasional high fat or high sugar food like mince pies or Christmas pudding can be included as part of a healthy diet.

"To help people manage their diabetes over the Christmas season Diabetes UK has put together a special section on our website which is packed with tips and guidance, as well as great recipes.

"There is also handy advice about food at parties, safe guidelines for alcohol consumption and information on how to choose healthier options of your favourite Christmas dishes, nibbles and treats.

"Diabetes UK is also recommending that people with diabetes and their family and friends shouldn't be tempted to buy 'diabetic' foods such as 'diabetic'

Christmas cake or 'diabetic' chocolate. Diabetic foods offer no special benefit to people with diabetes and will still affect blood glucose levels. These foods contain just as much fat and calories as the ordinary versions, can have a laxative effect and can be expensive. It makes much more sense to have small amounts of ordinary festive foods instead and balance this with healthier recipes and snacks."

The full advice is available at www.diabetes.org.uk.