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Health Tip: Keep Diabetes in Check During the Holidays

Health Tip: Keep Diabetes in Check During the Holidays

12/16/11

(HealthDay News) -- Holiday parties, desserts and buffets can throw your diabetes meal plan way off-track.

The U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention suggests how to enjoy the holidays if you're diabetic:

  • Enjoy a healthy snack before you go to a party, or pack one to take with you.
  • Have small portions from the holiday buffet, and make your table far away from the food.
  • Stick to low-calorie drinks, and limit alcohol to one drink a day for women, or two drinks a day for men.
  • Skip poultry with skin, ham with a honey glaze, and creamy side dishes and sauces.
  • Opt for veggie-based, light side dishes, especially fresh vegetables.
  • Enjoy fresh fruit, instead of a piece of pie.
  • Make socializing with friends and family the focus of the season, rather than food.
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Please be aware that this information is provided to supplement the care provided by your physician. It is neither intended nor implied to be a substitute for professional medical advice. CALL YOUR HEALTHCARE PROVIDER IMMEDIATELY IF YOU THINK YOU MAY HAVE A MEDICAL EMERGENCY. Always seek the advice of your physician or other qualified health provider prior to starting any new treatment or with any questions you may have regarding a medical condition.

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