What advice would you give someone who is newly diagnosed with diabetes as they enter their first holiday season?
Diabetes can be difficult to manage over the holidays – especially if someone is newly diagnosed. Because the season can be particularly stressful, it is necessary to test blood glucose on a regular basis. It is also important to think ahead about how to handle certain issues like extra snacking and alcohol use. It’s a good idea to talk with your healthcare team (physician, nurse practitioner, diabetes nurse educator, exercise physiologist or dietitian) about how best to handle any change in meal plan or physical activity routine. One might plan on being more physically active to help burn off any extra calories from a holiday meal. It is essential to continue to take your diabetes medications on a regular basis and not to skip any medications. Lastly, be realistic about your expectations for the upcoming holiday season. Plan ahead, relax, and have a happy holiday season.