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Continue managing diabetes after the holidays

If you have some form of diabetes or have been diagnosed with pre-diabetes, it may have been difficult to stick with a controlled eating plan when there were so many delicious choices during the holidays.

Now that the holidays are over, people with diabetes or pre-diabetes still need to keep their diagnoses in check.

Continue to follow your established routine as much as possible, but moderately add some of life’s extra pleasures.

Practical tips include continuing with your exercise. If you are walking 20 or 30 minutes a day five days a week, keep up your routine to burn calories from any extra food you are eating and maximize your body’s ability to lower your blood sugar.

If you are busy and cannot exercise your normal amount, add additional walking to your day by parking further away from stores.

Carry snacks. If you are running errands, your normal eating schedule might be disrupted.

You need to carry a snack with you when you are away from home to avoid getting low blood sugar.

If you are a person who has low blood sugar and you start to experience symptoms, taking your glucose tablets is a quick way to reverse the effects and normalize your blood sugar.

Beware all buffets.

If there are more parties to attend throughout the year where food is served buffet-style, the smart approach is to walk around the table first and see what is available and then be selective in what you take rather than loading up on one of everything.

Try to limit yourself to one plate of food and if you need more, have extra vegetables or salad.

Enjoy that pie, but let your conscience be your guide.

We now know that it is all right for people with diabetes to eat sugar, which is just a form of carbohydrate, as long as you eat small portions.

A small piece of pie can be just as satisfying for taste and enjoyment as a large slice. And you can offset the effects of eating a dessert by eating less bread or other carbohydrates with the meal.

People with all stages of diabetes can partake of whatever any season has to offer as long as they remember that good diet and exercise are more important to them on a day-to-day basis than it is for the average person and act accordingly.

AMCR Institute is a clinical research center engaged in trials in the fields of endocrinology and metabolism, focusing on type 1 and type 2 diabetes, lipids, and men’s and women’s health issues. For more information, call (877) 567-2627 or visit


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