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November is diabetes awareness month. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) reports that more than 30 million people in the United States have diabetes, and one in four of them don’t know they have it. They also report that diabetes is the 7th leading cause of death in the United States and may be underreported. The challenge for people with diabetes is maintaining a safe blood sugar level. This is an especially difficult task over the holidays with the abundance of sweets and treats, so here are some tips about how to manage diabetes during this season.
The holidays can be difficult when you know that you’re not in control of every dish that will be at the meal, but you can still be safe and healthy by remembering these important guidelines:
The basic principles of a diabetic diet are to keep it low-carb, low-sugar and high in fiber. Here are a few ways that you can substitute traditional foods in your Thanksgiving feast.
The American Diabetes Association also has this list of healthy recipes for people with diabetes.
Some other practical things you can do include using smaller plates that will make it easier for your guests to control their portions. MOST IMPORTANTLY, instead of suggesting that your friend cheat on their diet “just this once,” be respectful and ask them how you could accommodate them best.
The holidays are a great time to celebrate togetherness and we hope that you have a wonderful season with your friends and family.
“Diabetes Quick Facts” Center for Disease Control and Prevention https://www.cdc.gov/diabetes/basics/quick-facts.html
“Recipes for Healthy Living” American Diabetes Association http://main.diabetes.org/site/MessageViewer?em_id=437282.0&dlv_id=408606
“Managing Diabetes.” Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. https://www.cdc.gov/diabetes/managing/index.html
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This information is not intended to replace the advice of a medical professional. You should always consult your doctor before making decisions about your health.