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Holiday goodies: the diabetes dilemma

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November 25th, 2014
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Holiday time means gift-giving, parties, visiting with family and friends, and, of course, food, food, and more delicious food. But if you have diabetes, you may wonder how much and what types of treats you can safely enjoy. 

Sugar and carbohydrates are the main culprits for raising blood glucose. And as people with diabetes know, too much glucose in the bloodstream damages vital organs and tissues throughout your body. Heart disease and related vascular problems are the number one complications of diabetes. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention found that in seniors with diabetes, heart disease was noted on almost 70% of their death certificates. Having diabetes also means putting extra effort into preventing kidney disease, nerve damage, blindness, and even Alzheimer’s disease.

So is it okay to subject your body to extra glucose for a couple of months a year?

Look at the complete health picture 

“When it comes to managing diabetes, people sometimes focus too much on blood sugar without looking at their health as a whole,” says Sonya Bethel, M.D., medical director at



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