PADUCAH, Ky. — Choosing the right foods to eat during the holidays is important for everyone, but especially for people living with diabetes. Baptist Health Wound Care offers helpful tips for making healthy choices.

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention estimates 29.1 million people, or 9.3 percent of the population, have diabetes, and nearly 28 percent are undiagnosed. Those affected by diabetes can take a proactive approach to the holidays when dealing with food.

There are several ways to stay healthy during the holidays including:

·Planning ahead – By planning ahead, people with diabetes will have the freedom to enjoy holiday meals stress free by knowing what will be eaten, how much will be eaten and what time the meal will occur.
·Considering types of food – Include healthier versions of favorite dishes by utilizing fat-free or low fat options. Also consider how food is prepared and bake things instead of frying them.
·Watching amount of food consumed – If substituting a favorite dish is not an option, decrease the amount of food consumed. Keep healthy snacks available while cooking, and be selective of which foods will be eaten at dinner.
“The holidays seem to be all about the goodies and treats for some people,” said George Valentini, MD, FACS. “Consider bringing a healthy version of your recipe to holiday events.”

Overall, the holidays should be a fun time to enjoy friends and family. Planning and compromising will help people stay healthy and manage their diabetes.

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