Q: "Should I adjust my insulin to cover holiday overeating?"
A: According to our expertErin Keane, R.D., C.D.N., C.D.E., Lenox Hill Hospital, New York, NYalways speak with your health care provider before altering any medication regimen.
Individuals with type 1 diabetes can adjust their insulin based on the number of carbs they eat, but for people with type 2 diabetes, it's less of an exact science. Here are some tips:
- Stick with a regular meal schedule to help prevent overeating.
- Drink water throughout the day (dehydration increases appetite).
- Check blood sugar frequently and note how your body reacts to different eating situations.
These holiday seasonal favorites have a low glycemic index and pack a nutritional punch:
- Cranberries These festive fruits are packed with fiber and antioxidants. Dried cranberries can contain large amounts of sugar, so look for those labeled low-sugar.
- Sweet potato This starchy veggie is full of vitamin A and fiber. Try mashed sweet potatoes instead of traditional white potatoes for a lower glycemic index alternative on your holiday menu.
- Nuts An excellent source of magnesium and fiber, nuts can also help manage hunger. Stick to a small handful and avoid varieties topped with chocolate or cinnamon sugar, which can add a significant amount of calories, fat and carbohydrates.
From our sister publication Diabetes Focus Winter 2013