Taking Care of Your Diabetes When You Are Away From Home
Dealing With Holidays
- Stick to a healthy diet—one that is high in fruits, vegetables, and whole grains, and low in fat and calories. If you continue to follow your meal plan, you’ll be less likely to overindulge.
- Keep track of carbohydrates, which can be found in many types of food, like starchy foods (eg, potatoes, bread, pasta), as well as milk and fruits and veggies. Be mindful of carbs because the body breaks them down and turns them into glucose, causing your blood glucose levels to rise.
- If you are invited to a holiday party, ask if you can bring something, like a carb-free drink or a low-cal dessert. Right before going to the party, avoid hunger pains by having a snack and a glass of water. This way you will not be ravenous and ready to dig into all the sweets. Once you are there, place a few different types of food (in small portions) on your plate, rather than sampling every dish.
- Alcohol is always in abundance at parties. If you are going to have a drink, do so when you are eating (not on an empty stomach) and only in moderation. This means one drink if you are a woman, and two drinks if you are a man. For some people with diabetes, it is unsafe to drink alcohol because it can lead to low blood sugar (hypoglycemia). Ask your doctor what is safe for you.
- Even though you have a hectic schedule, keep exercising! This can help lower your blood glucose levels.
- Remember to continue checking your blood glucose level. While the holidays are enjoyable, they can also be stressful, which can affect your glucose level. In some people, it causes the level to rise, while others have a drop in glucose. Relaxation techniques, like deep breathing, can help reduce stress.
Dealing With Vacations
Bring Extra Medication
Bring Extra Supplies
Get the Latest Airport Security Information
Ask for a Special In-Flight Meal
Be Prepared for Time Zone Changes
Test Your Blood Sugar Before Driving
Talk to Guest Relations
Take Care of Your Feet
Stick to Your Meal Plan
Be Prepared for Emergencies
American Diabetes Association http://www.diabetes.org/
National Diabetes Information Clearinghouse http://diabetes.niddk.nih.gov/
Canadian Diabetes Association http://www.diabetes.ca/
Public Health Agency of Canada http://www.phac-aspc.gc.ca
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- Reviewer: Brian Randall, MD
- Review Date: 09/2012 -
- Update Date: 09/20/2012 -
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