Holiday Tips for Diabetes Patients

For most people, the holidays can be a particularly tough time to avoid weight gain. It can be difficult to go to holiday gatherings that typically involve food without gaining any weight.

People that have diabetes have an even greater challenge. Eating more treats or carbohydrates than should be eaten could cause a serious spike in blood sugar. While it is difficult enough for the patient to manage his or her blood sugar, it can be even harder to help people around him or her to understand the condition. Here are a few things that people should be aware of if a friend or loved one has diabetes and a few reminders for diabetic patients.


Don’t Pass Judgment

Many people tend to judge people for having diabetes. However, it is important to respect the wishes of the diabetic person when it comes to dealing with their disease. Managing diabetes might not be as simple as you think because each person has an individual approach.


Don’t Create Unrealistic Standards

Dealing with temptation to eat more than one should eat during the holidays is very difficult. For people that have diabetes, trying to tempt them into indulging or not providing diabetic-friendly options when you know that the person will be joining you for a meal is unfair.


Set the Record Straight

When it comes to knowledge about diabetes, both diabetic and non-diabetic patients should make sure to correct people when ignorant comments are made regarding the disease. It can be easy to ignore such comments. However, educating other people on diabetes can help to dispel myths and raise awareness.


Make Sure to Test Often

For diabetic patients that will be eating at friends and relatives gatherings over the holiday season, it is especially important to make sure the proper diabetes care tools are available. Diabetic patients should make sure to test their blood sugar levels often. In addition, any tools that are needed to deal with high or low blood sugar levels should always be available. This can help to avert emergencies, especially when you are in a place where access to a hospital providing diabetic care is not readily available.


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