JDRF raises hypo concerns about Lucozade sugar cut

Posted on 11 November 2016

Karen Addington, Chief Executive of JDRF in the UK, has written to the drinks manufacturer behind Lucozade to reflect concerns from the type 1 diabetes community about the reformulation of its flagship brands.news_sugar-cubes-sugar-tax

Lucozade Ribena Suntory (LRS) which produces well-known soft drinks including Ribena, Orangina and Lucozade will adapt its brands to contain less than 4.5 grams of sugar per 100ml.

Hundreds of people with type 1 diabetes and their parents have been expressing concern at the plans to reduce the sugar content in the drinks.

Low blood glucose – or hypoglycaemia – is one of the most common and most worrying complications of type 1 diabetes. People with type 1 diabetes often use soft drinks including Lucozade – as advised by healthcare professionals – to raise glucose levels when they drop dangerously low.  Lucozade Energy Orange, for example, contains 13g of sugar per 100ml.

Mrs Addington commented:Karen Addington

“We support measures to increase public health – but it is vital that people with type 1 have access to fast acting sugars to treat hypoglycaemia.

“I am writing to Lucozade to raise this concern and ask the company to consider people with type 1 diabetes in making this decision.”