Currently, 1 in 3 children are considered obese/overweight. The Department of Public Health predicts that by the year 2020, 1 in 2 children will be considered obese/overweight. Diabetes, and especially Type 2 Diabetes is directly associated with being overweight.
As a parent, we want productive, active, and healthy children.
Obesity is dangerous for your child. If your child is overweight or obese, please read the information provided below.
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5 Tips for Managing Diabetes During the Holiday
1. Stick to Your PlanManaging your diabetes during the holidays should be the same as managing it every day, with a few exceptions. You won't always be able to control what food you're served, and you're bound to see other people indulging. Prepare for the extra challenges and you'll handle them well:
- Eat, be physically active, and take your medication close to the usual times.
- Invited to a party? Offer to bring a healthy dish along.
- If you have a sweet treat, cut back on other carbohydrates (like potatoes and bread) during the meal.
- Don't skip meals to save up for a feast. It will be harder to keep your blood sugar in control, and you'll be really hungry and more likely to overeat.
- If you slip up, get right back to healthy eating with your next meal.
2. Stay in ControlWhen you face a spread of delicious holiday food, you'll find healthy choices easier to make if you:
- Have a small plate of the foods you like best and then move away from the buffet table.
- Start with vegetables to take the edge off your appetite.
- Slow down and savor. It takes time for your brain to realize you're full.
- Avoid or limit alcohol. If you do have an alcoholic drink, have it with food. Alcohol can lower blood sugar and interact with diabetes medicines.
3. Fit in FavoritesYou can have some of your favorite foods as long as you limit how big the portion is and how often you have it. Choose foods you really love and can't get any other time of year, like Aunt Edna's pecan pie. Indulge in a small serving, and make sure to count it in your meal plan.
4. Stay ActiveIt's easy to put physical activity last on the list during the holiday rush, but being active is always time well spent. Get moving with friends and family, such as taking a walk after a holiday dinner. Being active can help make up for eating more than usual, and it reduces stress during one of the most stressful times of the year.
5. Get Enough SleepIf you go out more often and stay out later during the holidays, you're likely to get less sleep. Sleep loss can make it harder to control your blood sugar. And when you're sleep deprived, you'll tend to eat more, and prefer high-fat, high-sugar food. Aim for 7 to 8 hours per night to guard against mindless eating. Most of all, remember what the season is about—celebrating and connecting with the people you care about. When you focus more on the fun, you won't focus as much on the food.
Protect Yourself from Influenza (The Flu)
- But there are steps you can take to protect yourself.
- Get a flu shot! It’s the single best way to protect yourself against the flu.
- Take prescription flu medicine when your health care provider prescribes it.
- Follow special sick day rules for people with diabetes.
- Take everyday steps to protect your health.
- Be sure to continue taking your diabetes pills or insulin. Don’t stop taking them even if you can’t eat. Your health care provider may even advise you to take more insulin during sickness.
- Test your blood glucose every four hours, and keep track of the results.
- Drink extra (calorie-free) liquids, and try to eat as you normally would. If you can’t, try to have soft foods and liquids containing the equivalent amount of carbohydrates that you usually consume.
- Weigh yourself every day. Losing weight without trying is a sign of high blood glucose.
- Check your temperature every morning and evening. A fever may be a sign of infection.
- You feel too sick to eat normally and are unable to keep down food for more than 6 hours.
- You're having severe diarrhea.
- You lose 5 pounds or more.
- Your temperature is over 101 degrees F.
- Your blood glucose is lower than 60 mg/dL or remains over 250 mg/dL on 2 checks.
- You have moderate or large amounts of ketones in your urine.
- You're having trouble breathing.
- You feel sleepy or can't think clearly.
- Cover your nose and mouth with a tissue when you cough or sneeze. Throw the tissue in the trash after you use it.
- Wash your hands often with soap and water, especially after you cough or sneeze. If soap and water are not available, use an alcohol-based hand rub.
- Avoid touching your eyes, nose and mouth. Germs spread this way.
- Try to avoid close contact with sick people.
- Have enough medications and supplies to last for a week in case you have to stay at home.
- sore throat
- runny or stuffy nose
- body aches
- some people may also have vomiting and diarrhea.
- Being sick can cause changes in your blood sugars. Also, illness can prevent you from eating properly, which further affects blood glucose.
- In addition, sometimes diabetes can make it more difficult for you to handle an infection like the flu. People with diabetes who come down with the flu may become very sick and may even have to go to a hospital. You can help keep yourself from getting the flu by getting a flu shot every year. Everyone with diabetes (type 1 OR type 2)—even pregnant women—should get a yearly flu shot. The best time to get one is now. The flu season often doesn’t peak until February or even later. It takes several weeks for the shot offers its best protection, so don’t delay . . . get your flu shot now!
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