As a foot and ankle surgeon who treats a lot of diabetic patients, I can understand that Halloween can be a very difficult holiday. Imagine standing at the door, giving out candy to kids knowing that you yourself can’t have one for fear of causing your blood sugar levels to go out of whack.
The good news is that there are strategies to help manage your diabetes to make it unscathed through the Halloween festivities. The American Diabetes Association provides tables (http://www.diabetes.org/assets/pdfs/youth/halloween-candy-carbohydrate.pdf) that list the amount of carbs in a lot of popular Halloween goodies. In addition, Diabetic Living online has provided some easy reading tips and tricks to let you splurge on some Halloween candy while keeping your blood sugars under control (http://www.diabeticlivingonline.com/food-to-eat/nutrition/choose-this-not-that-halloween-candy/).
The bottom line is that just because its Halloween, that doesn’t give you an excuse to splurge on anything and everything that crosses your path. However, why not indulge your inner child and nibble on your favorite Halloween candies, just be sensible about it!
This is one of the many reasons why our office hosts a Candy Buy Back Program. We buy back, $1 per pound, the candy that children get Trick or Treating or for those with left over candy. It's available for everyone in either of our offices and helps to prevent juvenile diabetes, gives back to children with peanut allergies, allows adults with too much left over candy to get money back and more. To learn more about our Candy Buy Back Program, click here.