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Diwali is just around the corner. It is the festival of light and wherever you are in India, sweets are a must for Diwali. You can say that a mysterious string must have been pulled somewhere that Diwali is followed by the World Diabetes Day on November 14th.

Sweets are the most essential content to be present on every auspicious occasion, more so on Diwali. One cannot imagine Diwali celebrated with your whole family to be enjoyed without sweets. But it is very challenging to stay away from sweets for all those who are suffering from diabetes.

This Diwali you can savour the flavours of the festival even if you have been suffering from diabetes. Here are some basic tips to celebrate a Diwali with being aware of your diabetes.

Go for natural sweeteners:

While preparing your sweets at home, try sweetening them with natural sweeteners like dates or raisins. Though it needs some more efforts but at the same time they are healthy and mouth watering too. Avoid using artificial sweeteners. You can prepare as much delicious sweets with natural sweeteners as with artificial ones.

Use vigorous oils:

Diwali is synonymous with family get together and heavy meals. This Diwali, instead of cooking heavy and oily, cook your food with avocado or olive oil instead of regular cooking oil. Mono-unsaturated fats, polyunsaturated fats and Omega 3 fats are capable of lowering your blood sugar levels.

Go for sugar free:

Nowadays, in market you can get loads of sugar free sweets are with various varieties and tastes. So if it is not possible for you to make it at home then go for sugar free sweets. From ‘gond laddu’, ‘dry gujhia’, mouth-watering ‘rasgullas’, ‘kalakand’ and ‘anjeeris’ – every variety is available for a diabetic person.

Be aware of diabetes:

International Diabetes Federation (IDF), in 2011, estimated that India has 61.3 million people living with diabetes, only second to China. A recent survey shows that a staggering 62.6% of the people in India are not aware about the complications of the disease. The lack of awareness is something we all should tackle with will and might.

HEAL Foundation has come up with a unique campaign this Diwali to spread awareness about the disease which has spread by leaps and bounds across the country in all age groups.

The Archeological Society of India (ASI) is also set to play an instrumental role in encouraging and inspiring people to become a part of the India 4 Diabetes Care by illuminating historical monuments all over the country in blue on 12th and 13th of November i.e. on Diwali.

They have taken help of mass media like radio, newspapers and television and digital media to make the concept of Blue Diwali viral among the people. So, let us be a part of their campaign to educate ourselves about diabetes this Diwali.