Planning for a safe diabetic Thanksgiving

November 13, 2019 - 4:00 am
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Kansas City, MO - You've probably been dreaming all month long about all the fixings that will soon grace Thanksgiving tables everywhere, but if you have diabetes, you need to plan ahead. Doctor David Robbins, Director of the Diabetes Institute at the University of Kansas Health System says perfection is probably an unattainable goal.

"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 Robbins.

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

According to Dr 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."

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If you're going to have alcohol, Dr 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. Dr Robbins says vegetables and fresh fruit are always a win.

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