How to navigate Thanksgiving dinner while diabetic

November 13, 2019 - 4:00 am

Kansas City, MO - Most salivate thinking of all the turkey and fixings that will soon grace Thanksgiving tables everywhere. But if you have diabetes, tucking in to such a meal is more difficult.

"Being a little bit forgiving of yourself, above all not overeating, avoiding concentrated sweets, and then take a walk after the big meal, check your blood sugar," explains Dr. David Robbins, director of the Diabetes Institute at the University of Kansas Health System

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Robbins says you'll also need to watch the alcohol, as it can block your ability to detect low blood sugar. 

According to Robbins, "People who are taking insulin have a hypoglycemic reaction. If they have a lot of alcohol on board, they're not able to properly respond to that. They can have a prolonged episode of low blood sugar."

If you're going to have alcohol, Robbins suggests a non-sweet drink with food. 

If you're hosting the big meal, he advises hosts to call your diabetic guests ahead of time for suggestions.

Vegetables and fresh fruit are always a win.

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