Thanksgiving is here! The upcoming weekend will be filled with family, friends, and lots of food. As the festivities approach, you might be doing a mental pros and cons list of the foods you will be tempted to have and the effects they may have on your blood sugar levels.

As you know, diabetes must be managed on a daily basis and the holidays are no exception. Maintaining a healthy weight, exercising and monitoring your blood sugar levels are all essential actions that need to be taken to battle diabetes.

During the holidays, avoid or at least greatly minimize these foods:

• Sugary foods: Desserts, sweets, and sodas are low in nutritional value and may spike your blood sugar. Instead of reaching out for a cookie, eat an apple or any other fruit. Their nutritional value and high-fiber content will help slow down glucose absorption.
• White carbs: White rice, bread, and flour have a similar effect on your body as sugary foods. You can replace these low-nutritional carbohydrates for whole-grain items like oatmeal, barley, and brown rice.
• Full-fat diary: Consuming whole milk, full-fat yogurt, ice cream, cream cheese or other products with high saturated fats can worsen insulin resistance. Try instead to purchase products labeled reduced-fat or fat-free.
• Fried Food: Fried chicken, French fries, and donuts soak up tons of oil and their breading increases the number of calories they have. Additionally, some of these foods are fried in oils that have trans fats which could potentially destabilize your cholesterol levels.
• Alcohol: Drinking can worsen nerve damage and affect blood-sugar levels. Before drinking, ask your doctor if it is safe to drink alcohol, and if you do, drink in moderation.

The holidays are a time of joy and having diabetes doesn’t have to change that. If you have Type 2 Diabetes, consider a research study as an option. Those that qualify may receive study-related care and medication, and a better understanding of the condition and how to manage it. Participants may also receive compensation for time and travel.

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