With the holiday season almost upon us, diabetics can heed the following tips from the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention to help them stay on a healthy track.
Stick to your normal routine
While the holiday season can be unpredictable, the CDC advises diabetics stick to their normal routines as closely as possible. Because holiday guests cannot control food served to them at family gatherings or parties, the CDC recommends diabetics offer to bring a healthy, diabetic-friendly dish along to any parties.
In addition, don’t skip meals during the day in anticipation of a large holiday meal. Doing so makes it hard to control blood sugar levels.
Be extra careful with alcohol
Alcohol is served or readily available at many holiday gatherings, and many people overindulge because of the festive mood. Overindulging in alcohol is dangerous for anyone, but diabetics must be especially mindful of their alcohol consumption. Alcohol can lower blood sugar and interact with diabetes medicines. Diabetics who want to enjoy a holiday libation should keep their alcohol consumption to a minimum.
Eating slowly can benefit anyone. Eating at a leisurely pace gives your brain ample time to signal that your body is full. By eating quickly, diners will eat more calories than they wanted to. Diabetics who can slow down their eating are less likely to overindulge in less healthy holiday foods that can affect their blood sugar levels.
The holiday season can be hectic and people wind up sacrificing time at the gym. Diabetics must resist that temptation. The National Institute of Diabetes and Digestive and Kidney Diseases says routine physical activity helps diabetics keep their blood glucose levels in their target range. Physical activity also helps the hormone insulin absorb glucose into all of the body’s cells for energy. That extra energy boost can help diabetics fend off holiday-related fatigue.
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