Q: How can I avoid blood sugar spikes and lows during the holiday season?
A: Now that the Halloween costumes and decorations are stuffed into storage until next year, the holiday party invites are likely rolling into your mailbox. While it's always exciting to connect with family and friends during this special time, the holidays also can be stressful, especially for those suffering from diabetes.
With cookies, cakes, and indulgent dishes displayed on the table at every holiday event, it's a challenge for even the healthiest eaters to stay on track. For those who have diabetes or are sensitive to blood sugar spikes or lows, holiday parties can be a minefield.
Indulging in sweet treats can cause a blood sugar spike. These spikes may cause blurred vision and fatigue, which can be especially dangerous given all the driving many do on the holidays. People with diabetes also are more prone to blood sugar lows during the holidays because meals and medications are not on a normal schedule. Blood sugar lows can cause fatigue, fainting, excessive sweating, and confusion.
To reduce your chance of having blood sugar spikes and lows, follow these simple tips
Of course, just like the rest of the year, it's critical to exercise, drink plenty of water – especially if you have an alcoholic drink — and get plenty of sleep.
Enjoy this joyous season with family and friends, and with the help of these tips, keep your blood sugar levels on track.