Since November is the Month of Awareness of Diabetes, it also starts holiday meals. However, health officials remind citizens that there are effective ways to manage their diabetes.
"By taking the appropriate precautions, those living with diabetes can continue to enjoy food and holiday festivals and this season," said Amanda Goldman, Director of Diabetes and Foster Care, KentuckyOne Health.
There are currently over 30 million Americans living with diabetes, including more than 531,000 people in Kentucky, according to the American Diabetes Association. Although diabetes is the seventh major cause of death in Kentucky, the Commonwealth is fourth in the nation for general deaths for diabetes, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.
Diabetes is often a long-term disease that affects the way the body uses carbohydrates, protein and fat. The disease occurs when the pancreas does not make a hormone of the insulin name at all, or as it did. The body uses insulin to help get blood glucose, or blood sugar, out of the blood vessels and into many body cells for energy. In people who have diabetes diagnosed, blood sugar levels accumulate, which can damage blood vessels in the eyes, kidneys, heart and nervous system.
There are three types of diabetes: type 1, type 2 and indicative diabetes. People with type 1 diabetes can not produce insulin and they need to take daily insulin injections. This type of diabetes usually starts in childhood. Type 2 diabetes is more common and typically occurring in adults who are overweight and have a family history of diabetes. This form occurs when the body does not produce enough insulin or can not use it properly. Type 2 diabetes can be controlled by diet and exercise, but some people may need tablets or insulin as diabetes progress. Only gestational diabetes occurs in pregnant women and also means that the body does not usually produce insulin.
"For all types of diabetes, a healthy diet is essential for controlling blood glucose levels and controlling the disease," said Goldman. "Especially around the holidays, it can be hard to stay on track and watch what you're eating. However, it is important for those with diabetes to have a plan for keeping a healthy diet, including not leaving foods, often checking their blood sugar, watching the amount of alcohol it consumes, cooking healthy meals and keeping it fit. "
Although it may be tempting to skip meals to save up to a banquet, this can have a negative effect on the level of your blood sugar and can make it more likely to get over. During the holidays, health officials said to eat regularly or to eat a small snack between meals.
Decide which foods are worth eating and can be ignored. Take small pieces of light foods like sweets, to keep your blood sugar getting too high. Cook a lightweight, lightweight dish to take you to holiday parties to help you control your diabetes, and drink alcohol only by moderate. You should also check your blood sugar often during the holiday season to keep it from grinding.
"It's hard to resist Thanksgiving lunchtime temptation with all sides, and the sweets that are being spent around the holidays," said Dr Mehul Suthar, YES at Baptist Health Richmond.
Suthar added, by filling in healthy fruit and vegetable foods, competitors were prepared better for a moderate meal in a holiday party rather than a all-you-eat (and drink) buffet.
"Keeping regular meals and healthy exercises is even essential through the holiday," he said.
Exercise during a holiday season is also key to controlling your diabetes. Try to keep up to normal exercise and incorporate exercise to holiday celebrations by going on a walk.
It is important that those who live with diabetes find a scheme before the holiday season so they can safely celebrate with family and friends.