For many people, the holidays mark a time of overindulgence and an excuse to put off those pesky diets until the ball drops. However, for many Americans, the holidays bring on a stress far greater than finding this season’s must-have toy.
According to the American Diabetes Association®, 25.8 million children and adults in the United States suffer from diabetes.* That means 8.3% of the U.S. population must be extra careful during the holiday season in order to keep their blood sugar down and their weight in check. While this can be a struggle, products such as blood glucose meters, lancets, blood pressure monitors and diabetic health packs are now readily available at Walgreens stores – making it easier than ever to take the proper precautions.
Though living with diabetes takes a bit more planning – particularly during the holiday season – there are plenty of options out there. Checking glucose levels, knowing your exercise schedule and learning what foods are best to cook with, are all a part of an endless life equation. However, it can be done. Diabetes does not need (nor should you allow it to) stifle any of this holiday season’s festivities. It’s all about moderation and finding an acceptable balance between enjoying life and controlling your diabetes.
*Data taken from the 2011 National Diabetes Fact Sheet