Staff, 2022-12-09 02:00:00,
The holiday season is often called “the most wonderful time of the year,” yet if you have diabetes, you may want to rename it “the most challenging time of the year.”
Holiday Challenges for People With Diabetes
There are a few reasons why late November and the month of December can get trickier when you have diabetes:
- There are so many food temptations. From carb-loaded Thanksgiving dishes to sugary, yummy cookies and alcoholic drinks, it can be hard to stay on track with your eating routine.
- Holiday celebrations disrupt healthy habits. Those disruptions can affect both what you eat as well as important health habits, such as exercising and sleeping well, says Robert Alesiani, a clinical pharmacist for Tabula Rasa HealthCare in Moorestown, New Jersey. You may also find yourself not taking certain medications as you regularly should.
- The holidays can cause extra stress if you’re preparing food, buying presents and doing other related prep. Sometimes, the holidays may make you feel sad if you think about loved ones who aren’t present with you. Stress, sadness or other feelings could lead you to turn to food to soothe them.
If you’re not careful, those changes to your healthier routines can turn into real health hazards, including hypoglycemia, which involves low blood sugar levels, and hyperglycemia, or high blood sugar levels. Hyperglycemia can happen if you’re on insulin and not using enough or if you’re not using your diabetes medications…
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