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Tips on Managing Diabetes Over the Holidays

November 3, 2018

Over the holidays, healthy eating, together with regular activity and, if needed, the use of diabetes medication (oral diabetes pills and/or insulin) are the keys to keeping blood glucose (sugars) in the target range.

In  Katherine Younker's Complete Diabetes Cookbook,  The Canadian Diabetes Association (CDA) recommends several guidelines for meal planning, which are important for good health and good glycemic (blood glucose) control:

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choose foods from a variety of food groups at each meal?

        * Grains & Starches

        * Vegetables & Fruits

        * Milk & Alternatives

        * Meat & Alternatives

have 3 meals today, including breakfast?

have portion sizes that will help you reach or maintain a healthy body weight?

space your meals 4 to 6 hours apart from each other?

These guidelines can help to start you on the way to healthy eating and balanced blood glucose (sugar) levels.

Breakfast is the most important meal of the day. This is also true for people with diabetes. “Breaking the fast” is essential to provide energy and carbohydrate to begin the day. We need to put some fuel in the tank so the body can perform during the waking hours. For those with diabetes, not eating breakfast makes it difficult to perform, especially because the only fuel for the brain is glucose. If you have diabetes, which is managed by following a meal plan, skipping breakfast can sometimes make the blood glucose higher.

Spacing your meals 4 to 6 hours apart works to help maintain blood glucose (sugar) levels and manage appetite. When meals are too close together (less than 4 hours) it may be difficult for most people to achieve a healthy blood glucose before the next meal, as the blood glucose may not have returned to the ideal range (4 to 7 mmol/L). When meals are spaced too far apart (more than 6 hours), people with diabetes may be at risk for hypoglycemia (low blood glucose or sugar) or may have difficulty controlling their appetite and thus “forget” to manage portion sizes.

Happy holidays to all our friends who are managing diabetes!

Complete Diabetes Cookbook

Katherine Younker





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