Halloween still a treat for diabetic kids

Posted on October 29th, 2009 by Kelley Luckstein

Zoey Sayles is going to be Cleopatra for Halloween. And she plans to collect lots of candy. But, unlike her friends and siblings, she won't eat much of it. Zoey, 10, of Berwyn, Pa., has type 1 diabetes, so her body does not produce insulin, a hormone needed to convert sugar (glucose), starches and other food into energy…

 

At the Mayo Clinic, pediatric diabetes patients are discouraged from eating candy on Halloween, says endocrinologist Frederick Schwenk. "From my perspective, there's room for no candy. It's going to make the blood sugar go out of control," says Schwenk, professor of pediatrics at Mayo College of Medicine in Rochester, Minn.

 

USA Today by Mary Brophy Marcus, 10/29/09

Tags: diabetes, Endocrinology / Diabetes, Pediatrics, Pediatrics

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