Halloween may pose temptations for diabetics

With Halloween approaching, some individuals with type 2 diabetes may have a difficult time resisting the temptation to indulge in sugary candy. While overdoing it may have serious consequences for these individuals, some experts say that it may be acceptable to eat Halloween candy in moderation.

Dr Phenu Zachariah, an endocrinologist at Cape Diabetes and Endocrinology in Cape Girdeau, Missouri told the Southeast Missourian that enjoying sweets around the holidays simply requires a diabetic person to plan their eating more carefully to be sure that they don't overindulge.

"They can enjoy sweets, they can have cake at a party, they can have Halloween treats -- it's just the planning that is different from a diabetic to a nondiabetic person," he told the news source. "Sometimes there's a psychological aspect of having a chronic disease. But there's no reason diabetics can't do most, if not all, that a person without diabetes can."

He added that consuming sweets may be easiest for individuals with type 2 diabetes, as their systems are still making insulin, and fluctuations in sugar may not affect them as strongly.

The Juvenile Diabetes Research Foundation recommends that parents supervise their child's consumption of candy and sweets around Halloween.