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Controlling Diabetes During the Holidays

The holidays are notorious for tempting us with mounds of heavy meals and scrumptious treats during parties with family and friends. Sometimes it is hard to say no to food and drinks; overindulging often just becomes another part of the season. This can be detrimental for anyone, but if you are diabetic it is especially important to manage your health through your intake of healthy foods and proper medications to control your blood sugar.

Minimize the Risk of Diabetic Eye Problems During the Holidays

Diabetics with uncontrolled high blood sugar are at risk for developing diabetic retinopathy. This condition occurs when the blood vessels in the retina (back of the eye) leak fluid or bleed causing the retina to swell. New blood vessels can also begin to grow on the surface of the retina causing serious vision issues – even blindness.

Regularly overindulging in unhealthy foods, especially during the holidays, may aggravate existing vision conditions or increase the risk of new vision problems – as well as place your overall health in jeopardy.

Tips for Holiday Eating

  • Eat a healthy snack before attending parties so you won’t be as hungry.
  • Remember that moderation is key. Limit your portion sizes when facing unhealthy options.
  • Choose your meal add-ons wisely – avoid or limit your intake of gravy, dressings, fried foods, honey or marshmallow toppings, butter, etc.
  • Avoid consuming sugary drinks and limit your alcohol intake.
  • Incorporate exercise after eating a larger meal: walk, dance, toss a football outside…anything to get moving with friends and family.
  • Check your blood sugar level often, especially if you are out of your normal routine.
  • Stay on top of your medication schedule.

If you are experiencing any vision changes, contact us today to schedule an eye exam. You may have an undiagnosed diabetic-related condition that is causing vision problems such as:

  • Blurry vision
  • Floaters
  • Double vision
  • Dark spot in central vision
  • Difficulty reading or doing close-up work