I have just been diagnosed with diabetes, can I still eat chocolate?

Of course you can. One of the biggest myths about diabetes is that you need to cut out all sugary and sweet things, this is not the case. It is not necessarry to exclude chocolate and sweet foods from your diet just becuase you have diabetes. High calorie or sweet foods may affect blood glucose levels, shortly after eating them, however if they are enjoyed as a part of a well balanced healthy diet or as a treat, there will be no long term affects on your blood glucose control. To learn more about what to eat and how this affects your diabetes you could attend one of our structured patient education programmes or click here to see the Eat Well plate, which is the governments recommendations for a healthy diet.

I am interested in learning more about my diabetes, I have type 2, but I am not too sure about attending a 6 week programme. Is there anything I can do to learn more in a shorter time frame?

Well you are in the right place to learn more, at your own pace. By looking through the information provided on this website and through other sites we provide links to you should be able to find all the information you require.  However we do provide a 2.5 hour one off session for the X-Pert structured patient education programme, which we call a Taster session. This taster session gives you the oppurtunity to learn more about your diabetes, what it is, your annual review and medications in a short but in depth session. If you would like to attend a taster session please call our X-Pert administrator to book on 0208 269 3401. Alternatively if you have a specific question you can speak to your GP or call the Diabetes UK careline on 0845 120 2960.

Block A Level One, Queen Mary's Hospital, Frognal Avenue, Sidcup, Kent, DA14 6LT Diabetes Queries: 020 8269 3419