Letter: Sugar tax may hit diabetics

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Sir,

The introduction of the sugar tax is undoubtedly a positive move to help reduce the excessive quantities of sugar in everyday foods and drinks.

However, for those who live with or care for young children with type one diabetes, quick access to a fizzy drink or sugary food can be a life-saver, and the change is likely to create a new challenge.

People with type one must regularly monitor their blood glucose levels. If levels drop dangerously low, they will experience hypoglycaemia known as hypo and need sugar.

For many, instantly reaching for a favourite fizzy drink can be what it takes to stop them going into a coma. They know the exact sugar content and exactly how much they need to drink.

All this changes as drinks manufacturers bring in new recipes and new cans of the same fizzy drink appear on the supermarket shelf alongside the old cans. The certainty of what they are taking is lost.

Type one diabetes is an autoimmune condition which affects more than 30,000 Scottish adults and children. It cannot be prevented and is not linked to lifestyle.

Awareness of the challenges associated with type one diabetes is increasing and the impact on them of the new sugar tax needs to be acknowledged and tackled both with understanding and good communication.

Catriona Morrice,

c/o Subsea 7,

Greenwell Base,

East Tullos Industrial Estate,

Aberdeen.