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Dealing with Diabetes During the Holidays December 11, 2009

For more information, contact Erica Cline at 706/828-2397.

Dealing with Diabetes During the Holidays

(AUGUSTA, GA. – Dec. 11, 2009) The holiday season is a time of family and friends … and food.

For people with diabetes, especially those newly diagnosed, the holidays can be a minefield of temptation and overindulgence.

“Throughout the month, it’s parties, cookies and special meals,” said Debra Whitley, program coordinator for University Hospital’s Diabetes Services. “There are so many wonderful foods to try and people often give food as a gift.”

This can make it especially difficult for people with diabetes, who have to monitor their food to ensure they meet their nutritional needs while still maintaining their blood glucose levels. But Ms. Whitley said a little planning can help keep people healthy during the holidays.

“A lot of it is common sense,” she said. “Don’t go to a party hungry, so you’re not tempted to overeat. Make a plan of attack; choose a few items that you really want to eat and get small portions of those.”

Ms. Whitley said people with diabetes don’t have to restrict themselves from any and all food, but like most things in life, a little moderation can go a long way to keeping yourself healthy.

Other holiday eating tips include:

  • Watch your portions
  • Eat plenty of leafy, green vegetables
  • Avoid high-salt foods
  • Stay active
  • Avoid excessive alcohol

For more information about diabetes, call University’s ASK-A-NURSE AT 706/737-8423 or toll free at 800/476-7378.

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