Answers to Common Diabetes Questions

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How Can I Manage My Diabetes During the Holidays?

Having diabetes shouldn’t stop you from enjoying holiday celebrations. While sticking to a diet and exercise routine can be difficult for anyone during the holidays, you can stay healthy and keep your diabetes in check with a little planning.

Try these tips (from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention) to help keep from overeating and to choose healthier foods during the holidays:

  • Eat a healthy snack before a party to avoid overeating
  • Choose smaller portions
  • Choose low-calorie drinks
  • Limit alcohol consumption to one drink for women and two for men (per day), always with a meal
  • Choose pieces of holiday meats that aren’t coated with a glaze or covered in gravy
  • Choose light side dishes and vegetables that aren’t covered in or mixed with a lot of butter or extra fats
  • Watch the salt
  • Pick fruit to satisfy your sweet tooth instead of pies and cakes

These tips can also help you stay healthy and stay active during the holidays:

  • Plan ahead – find out what kind of food will be served at the party so you know how it fits into your meal plan.
  • Bring a dish to share – since most holiday parties are served potluck or buffet-style, bring a healthy dish or dessert that’s low in carbs and sugars.
  • Eat slowly – your body feels full faster and it helps with food digestion.
  • Stay active – after eating, play games with your family, go for a walk or clean the kitchen instead of sitting in front of the T.V. and being tempted by leftovers.

While the holidays are a busy time, you can still find time for regular exercise.

It’s easy to add fitness to your holidays. When shopping, park farther from the store or mall, doing an extra lap or two around the mall and carrying all your shopping bags. The extra walking – plus extra weight of the shopping bags – will help build exercise into your busy holiday schedule.

For more information about how to keep exercise and healthy eating a part of your holidays, talk with your doctor.

Learn more:

Source: Joseph Allen, MD, Family Medicine of Vandalia; Michael Chunn, MD, Family Practice; Isaac Corney, MD, Trotwood Physician Center; Ann DeClue, MD, Saadeddine Dughman, MD, Advanced Cardiovascular Institute; Gary Fishbein, MD, Dayton Heart Center; Irina Gendler, MD, Troy Primary Care Physicians; Roger Goodenough, MD, Troy Primary Care Physicians; J. Wes Halderman, MD, Jamestown Family Medicine; Timothy O Donnell, MD, Miami Valley Primary Care; Miguel Parilo, MD, Bull Family Diabetes Center; Srikanth Sadhu, MD, Advanced Cardiovascular Institute; Trisha Zeidan, MD, Bull Family Diabetes Center; Chandan Gupta, MD, Monroe Medical Center; Miguel Parilo, MD, FACP, Bull Family Diabetes Center; Kristine Sun, MD; Premier Family Care of Mason;

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