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FAQs: Food and Diet


Q: Can I eat foods that contain sugar if I have diabetes?

Having diabetes does not mean you need to eat a sugar-free diet. Sugar can be used in foods and in baking as part of a healthy diet. However, use sugar-free, no added sugar or diet squashes and fizzy drinks, as sugary drinks cause blood glucose levels to rise quickly.

Find out more about sugar, sweeteners and diabetes.


Q: How can i make recipes healthier for people living with diabetes?

There's no need to throw away your favourite recipes and cookbooks just because you have been diagnosed with diabetes – following a healthy eating plan need not involve mastering a whole new collection of recipes.

Find out about more cooking and diabetes, or browse our recipe database for some tasty ideas.


Q: Can i still drink alcohol with diabetes?

There is no need to give up alcohol just because you have diabetes. Guidelines (in line with the rest of the population) are a daily recommendation of one unit for women and two units for men.

Find out more about alcohol and diabetes.

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