Q: "Should I adjust my insulin to cover holiday overeating?"

A: According to our expert—Erin Keane, R.D., C.D.N., C.D.E., Lenox Hill Hospital, New York, NY—always 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

Publication Review By: the Editorial Staff at Healthcommunities.com

Published: 09 Oct 2013

Last Modified: 04 Nov 2013