Enjoying Your Holiday Season as a Diabetic
The CDC cites that “Over 34.2 million US adults have diabetes and 1 in 5 of them don’t know they have it.” Learning about your family’s history and talking to your doctor about any changes in your health is key to receiving the necessary treatment for chronic illnesses like diabetes.
What is diabetes?
According to the CDC, diabetes is a chronic (long-lasting) health condition that affects how your body turns food into energy. As you eat, your body breaks down food into sugar (also called glucose) and then releases it into your bloodstream. To use this glucose as energy, you need insulin.
Diabetics usually cannot make enough insulin for their body to effectively function, leading to cells not receiving the blood sugar needed. As we get closer to the holidays, it’s important to be aware of your eating habits and care routines as we enter a season full of treats and food centered celebrations.
How can I be mindful of my diabetes during the holidays?
Living with diabetes should be an ongoing partnership with your doctor as you learn how to best support your body. Remember, for all types of diabetes, it’s important to consult with a registered dietician and doctor before making any drastic diet or lifestyle changes.
Here are some quick tips to managing your diabetes during this holiday season:
- Choose healthier carbohydrates
- Eat less salt
- Eat less red & processed meat
- Increase fruit & vegetables
- Choose healthier fats
- Use less sugar
- Cut down on added sugar
- Be smart with snacks
- Drink alcohol sensibly
- Consume minerals & vitamins from food
To learn more about healthier eating with diabetes, click here.
Does Culbertson Memorial Hospital offer diabetic care?
Yes! We offer individualized diabetic care with providers that look to provide a treatment plan that helps you holistically treat the disease. A big part of diabetic care is to plan for proper nutrition and physical activity, and we have services to help with that too!
Nutrition consultations are available but require a physicians’ referral. Our registered dietitian will personally help tailor nutrition guidance based on an assessment of your current eating habits, lab work, and desired state of health.