While November is the month of diabetic awareness, it is also the beginning of holiday meals. However, health officials warn citizens that there are effective ways to control their diabetes.
"By taking appropriate precautions, those who are living with diabetes can still enjoy holiday vacations and holidays this season," said Amanda Goldman, director of diabetes and nutrition, KentuckyOne Health.
More than 30 million Americans are currently living with diabetes, including more than 531,000 people in Kentucky, according to the American Diabetes Association. While diabetes is the seventh leading cause of death in Kentucky, the Commonwealth ranks fourth in the whole country due to general deaths due to diabetes, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.
Diabetes is often a long-term illness that affects how the body uses carbohydrates, proteins and fats. The disease occurs when the pancreas does not even form a hormone called insulin, or similar to what it once was. The body uses insulin, which helps to obtain blood glucose or blood sugar from the blood vessels and into the energy cell into cell cells. In people with diagnosed diabetes, the blood sugar level increases, which can damage the blood vessels in the eyes, kidneys, heart and nervous system.
There are three main types of diabetes: type 1, type 2, and gestational diabetes. People with type 1 diabetes can not produce insulin and have to undergo insulin injections every day. This form of diabetes usually begins in childhood. Type 2 diabetes is more common and usually occurs in adults who have overweight and have a family history of diabetes. This form occurs when the body does not produce enough insulin or can not properly use it. With type 2 diabetes, you can manage diet and exercise, but some people may need tablets or insulin as diabetes progresses. Gestational diabetes only occurs in pregnant women and also means that the body usually does not produce insulin.
"For all types of diabetes, healthy nutrition is the key to regulating blood glucose levels and controlling the disease," said Goldman. "Particularly around holidays, it's hard to stay on the track and see what it is. But it is important that those with diabetes have a plan to maintain a healthy diet, including skipping meals, frequent blood sugar checking, alcohol consumption monitoring, cooking healthy dishes and activity . "
While it may be tempting to skip meals in order to save for a holiday, this may have a negative effect on the level of blood sugar and may cause you to be more likely too. During the holidays, health officials said they regularly eat or eat a small snack during meals.
Decide which foods are worth eating and which can be ignored. Take small parts of permeable foods such as sweets to make your blood sugar go too high. Cook a light and healthy dish that you take with you to holiday parties and help control diabetes and drink alcohol only under moderate conditions. Also, during the holiday season, you should check your blood sugar regularly so as not to exaggerate it.
"It's hard to resist the temptation of a dinner of thanksgiving with all the parties and sweets that pass through all the holidays," said Dr. Mehul Suthar, DO at Baptist Health Richmond.
By charging for healthy fruit and vegetable appetizers, Suthar has prepared fun events with moderate obedience at a party party and not with a self-service buffet (and a drink).
"Having regular healthy eating and exercise is also essential after the holidays," he said.
Exercise during the holiday season is also crucial for the management of diabetes. Try to hold the normal exercise routines and include training on holidays as they go on walks.
It is important that those who are living with diabetes prepare a plan ahead of the holiday season so that they can safely celebrate family and friends.