Choosing the right foods to eat during the holidays is important for everyone, but especially for people living with diabetes. HSHS St. Elizabeth’s Wound Care Center, a member of the Healogics network, offers helpful tips for making healthy choices.
The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) estimates that 30.3 million people, or 9.4 percent of the population, have diabetes, and nearly 25 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. Make a conscious effort to balance your plate with plenty of fruits and veggies.
• Watching amount of food consumed – If substituting a favorite dish is not an option, decrease the amount of food consumed by keeping a mental checklist of how much you’re consuming. Keep healthy snacks available while cooking, and be selective of which foods will be eaten at dinner. Choose carefully between foods you definitely will eat, those you will sample and those you will skip.
“Overall, the holidays should be a fun time to enjoy friends and family. We just encourage planning and compromising to help people stay healthy and manage their diabetes,” says Dr. Bryon Gorton, Medical Director of St. Elizabeth’s Wound Care Center and certified Wound Specialist Physician, through the American Board of Wound Management. “For some people, holidays are all about the treats so consider bringing a healthy, homemade dessert.
St. Elizabeth’s Wound Care Center offers a comprehensive wound care program to manage chronic or non-healing wounds caused by diabetes, circulatory problems, and other conditions and specializes in advanced wound care, using a variety of clinical treatments, therapies and support services to treat chronic wounds including hyperbaric oxygen therapy.
In addition to the Wound Care Center, St. Elizabeth’s Hospital partners with Joslin Diabetes Center Affiliate at HSHS Medical Group in O’Fallon to offer the residents world-class diabetes and endocrinology care. Joslin Diabetes Center, based in Boston, is the world’s leader in caring for diabetes in all its forms, combining comprehensive experience and expertise with the latest advances in research, education and treatment. Joslin Diabetes Center’s multi-disciplinary approach ensures that people with diabetes get state-of-the-art medical care, patient education, and aggressive prevention and management of complications.
For more information about diabetes and how to stay healthy during the holidays, contact Joslin Diabetes Center Affiliate at HSHS Medical Group at 618-589-9051 and for more information about treating and preventing chronic wounds call St. Elizabeth’s Wound Care Center, call 618-234-2120, ext. 32742.