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Retailers are being urged to withdraw diabetes treat food and drinks.
Charity Diabetes UK is arguing the concept of diabetes-friendly biscuits and chocolate is outdated and encourages over-indulgence.

It said others should follow the lead of the Co-operative Group, which has agreed to phase the treats out of its 500 supermarkets and pharmacies.

Diabetes treat foods, such as low-sugar chocolate, jam and soft drinks, became popular in the 1960s when diabetes care focused on eating a sugar-free, low-carbohydrate diet.

But Zoe Harrison, care adviser at Diabetes UK, said: "These foods do not contain sugar so people may think that labelling them as 'suitable for diabetics' means it's okay to eat large quantities.

"However, diabetic foods are also high in fat and are therefore unadvisable in large quantities for people with or without diabetes.

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