How would eating candy affect type 2 diabetes?

William Lee Dubois
Endocrinology Diabetes & Metabolism
I'll bet you a doughnut that eating candy will raise your blood sugar. And I’ll win the bet, because it’s an absolute guarantee that eating candy will raise blood sugar in Type 2s.

That doesn't mean you can’t do it, however.

But here are the key things to consider:
  • What kind of candy?
  • How much of it are you going to eat?
  • How often are you going to eat it?
There is nothing wrong with having some candy. Too much too often will wreck your diabetes control and probably won’t be too good for your waistline or your teeth. The exact effect of candy on your diabetes, I can’t say with precision, other than it will raise your blood sugar. I don’t know how much, but I can tell you how to find out.

Test your blood sugar. Eat some candy that you have been craving. Make note of how much you eat. Now test your blood sugar again in 30 minutes, one hour, and two hours after the first bite.

That will show you how a given type of candy affects your diabetes and your diabetes medications.

So it didn’t work out too well when you ate four Kit-Kat bars. I wonder what would happen if you only ate one?

Any idea how you might find out?

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