Living with Type 2 Diabetes is a challenge any time of the year, but during the holidays, managing your diabetes can be especially challenging. For many, it seems like everyone is tempting them with delicious baked treats and candies. Giving in to the temptation is easy. You can even rationalize it away by saying something like, “Just this time. I will eat better after the holiday.” But that type of thinking is dangerous, and it could set you back on your course to manage or reverse your disease.
Know the Risks
Depending on whether you are diabetic or pre-diabetic, the consequences of a holiday binge are different, but the results are the same: a worsening of the disease. For someone who is at risk of developing the disease or is considered pre-diabetic, holiday foods rich in sugar and carbohydrates can hasten the disease's development. For those who are diabetic, you can be risking having too much sugar in your blood.
Most people, diabetic or not, let their guard down during the holidays, which is why dieting is one of the top New Year resolutions. For a diabetic, you can’t let your guard down. You still need to watch the number of sugars and carbs that you are eating. An occasional treat won’t hurt you if you have proper planning.