Registered Nurse offers suggestions on how to manage diabetes during holiday meals


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HUNTSVILLE, Ala. - We all look forward to the holidays, mainly for the food, but that could mean trouble if you're diabetic. Here are some things to keep in mind when you're preparing or enjoying a holiday meal.

Step one is planning ahead, suggests Teresa Crandall, a Registered Nurse.

"Don't go to a buffet hungry. If you know what is being served, then if it's not something good for you, plan a dish, take something from home," said Crandall.

Carbohydrates raise your blood sugar, so it's important to count them.  Remember that fruit is naturally high in sugar and soups are high in sodium, so if you're cooking, look for a low-sodium broth and choose lean meats.

Crandall says vegetables will fill you up and keep your blood sugar steady.

"If you're serving your plate, you want to make at least half of it vegetables," said Crandall.

It's important to limit sugar but it is the holidays, so Crandall says you can have that treat, just plan for it.

"If someone has pecan pie and that's one of your favorite dishes, have a small serving but plan ahead and cut back on carbs in another area," said Crandall.

Crandall also says don't get so carried away in holiday cheer that you forget to check your blood pressure and take your medicines.  Also, walking after a meal is a good way to regulate blood sugar.

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