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Medical Students Host Diabetes-Friendly Halloween Party

Halloween without the sugar scares
PEORIA - People like to celebrate Halloween with spooks and scares, but one thing parent’s don't want to fear is the health of their child.

That's why the University of Illinois College of Medicine hosted a party for children with diabetes Saturday. With all of the candy and treats, parents have to be extra careful about what their kids eat.

Type 1 diabetes is an autoimmune disease in which a person's pancreas stops producing insulin. And it can strike children and adults. But for a few hours, parents were able to put worries aside and enjoy costumes, a haunted house and snacks.

"Everything is given to them, the carbohydrate count with the candy we have all of the fact sheets and fact sheets they can take with them when they go trick-or-treating so that in the future they know how many carbs are in each candy the children eat," said second year student and party organizer, Riana Riffle.

Each year, more than 15,000 children are diagnosed with type 1 diabetes in the U.S., according to the Juvenile Diabetes Research Foundation.
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