Can diabetics eat chocolate and other FAQs about diabetes

Can diabetes be cured?

There are currently no cures for type 1 or type 2 diabetes. 

With type 1 diabetes, insulin-producing beta cells in the pancreas are destroyed by the immune system meaning  you can’t make the insulin you need to live. Scientists are working on developing and testing treatments – called immunotherapies to stop the immune system’s attack on beta cells.

Scientists are working on a ground-breaking weight management study, to help people put their type 2 diabetes into remission.

Diabetes UK explains more about it in this video 

How to reverse type 2 diabetes

Research indicates that effective ways to reverse diabetes include:

  • Low-carbohydrate diets
  • Very low-calorie diets
  • Exercise
  • Bariatric surgery

The strongest evidence at the moment suggests that type 2 diabetes is mainly put into remission by weight loss. Remission is more likely if you lose weight as soon as possible after your diabetes diagnosis.  

Is Weetabix good for diabetics?

Weetabix is high in fibre, relatively low in sugar (for a cereal) and one of the more natural cereal choices available in supermarkets. If you have type 2 diabetes breakfast cereals made with wholegrains can help to manage blood glucose levels, they release glucose more slowly as they are low GI. Weetabix, Oatibix and Shredded Wheat can make for good choices.

Can diabetes be reversed?

 It may be possible to put your type 2 diabetes into remission, but diabetes can’t be reversed. Remission means your blood sugar levels are below the diabetes range and you do not need to take diabetes medication anymore.

Can diabetics eat chocolate?

Chocolate can be eaten by diabetic the key is the amount that is eaten. As with many other foods it is about monitoring portion size and limiting the amount you eat,  

Can diabetics give blood?

NHS Blood and Transplant (NHSBT) maintains a policy of refusing blood donations from anybody who may be placed at risk by giving blood. In many cases, this includes people with diabetes.  This means in most cases people with diabetes will not be eligible when it comes to donating blood.   

Can diabetics eat cheese?

 Like other dairy products, yes diabetics can eat cheese but as it can be high in fat and salt, it is important to monitor your portion sizes.

Do diabetics get free dental treatment?

Although diabetes is recognised as increasing the risk of dental health issues, people with diabetes don’t automatically qualify for free dental treatment.

Is watermelon good for diabetics?

There isn’t any research or studies that show watermelon consumption specifically aids diabetes management. The GL of watermelon is low, and it can be eaten in moderation like all fruit as part of a balanced meal. 

Glycaemic load (GL) is the combination of the GI and the actual carbohydrate content in a typical serving of food. People who are managing their diabetes by carbohydrate counting often use this approach. Foods with a low or medium GI are considered less likely to raise your blood sugar levels. 

Can diabetes kill?

The life expectancy of someone with type 2 diabetes is likely to be reduced, as a result of the condition, by up to 10 years. People with type 1 diabetes have traditionally lived shorter lives, with life expectancy having been quoted as being reduced by over 20 years.

Higher blood sugars over a period of time lead to diabetic complications, such as:

Higher blood sugars can often be accompanied by associated conditions such as.

  • Higher blood pressure
  • High cholesterol

Both contribute to poor circulation and cause damage to organs such as the heart, kidneys, eyes and nerves in particular. In some cases, short term complications such as hypoglycaemia and diabetic ketoacidosis can also be fatal.

Can stress cause diabetes?

Stress doesn’t cause diabetes, but it can affect your blood sugar levels and how you look after your condition.

Do diabetics get free glasses?

 People with diabetes do not automatically qualify for optical vouchers

How to get tested for diabetes?

The only way you can find out if you or a loved one has diabetes is from blood tests that measure your blood glucose (sugar) levels. These can be arranged through your GP.

Is type 2 diabetes a disability UK?

Diabetes is classed as an ‘unseen disability’ under the Equality Act 2010. To claim PIP a disability benefit you must prove that being diagnosed with type 2 diabetes has an impact on your daily life. 

Where to buy diabetic chocolate

Diabetic chocolate is not recommended. It is often more expensive than regular chocolate and in fact, is just as high in fat and calories as ordinary chocolate and can still raise blood glucose levels. To say food is a diabetic food is now against the law. This is because there isn’t any evidence that these foods offer you a special benefit over healthy eating. These foods can also sometimes have a laxative effect.

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