By Diane Woolverton

With the holiday upon us, people with diabetes may find it difficult to resist all those holiday sweets and yummy temptations. It may be easy to turn away from the candy offered in the mall as we shop, but when it comes to sitting down to those scrumptious holiday meals desserts may be hard to refuse. If you follow a smart plan, you may be able to have the best of both worlds.

Whether you have diabetes or not, a good rule for anyone to follow is to not go overboard. If you choose to have that piece of pie, cut back on your serving of mashed potatoes. In other words, watch those carbs! Worrying about gaining weight can in itself raise blood-sugar levels, so if you want a dessert remember to reduce the amount of carbohydrates you consume. To fulfill both desires, try having a half serving of each, but not a full serving of both.

Planning ahead is important to your holiday success. Decide ahead to only have that half serving of dessert and don’t feel guilty about saying, “No thank you” to the pressures of people wanting to serve you more food. Volunteer to bring a low-sugar desert and don’t take a holiday from your daily exercise. Contact WNY Medical, PC at 716-923-4380 for information on gaining more tips, or stop in at the office at 4979 Harlem Rd.

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