Farmington Hills, MI (November 7, 2007)--- Thanksgiving is the time to gather with your friends and family, turn on the Lions football, and enjoy your Thanksgiving meal. Food surrounds the holiday and that means more calories, sugars and carbohydrates that people, especially those with diabetes, need to be cautious about eating.
For those with diabetes, maintaining a healthy diet and following a proper meal plan will result in manageable blood sugar levels. Kay Sweeney, a diabetes educator at Botsford Hospital, says, "The key is to plan ahead. You should think about some of the special holiday foods and prioritize what is most important to you, but keep your blood glucose level in control. The recommended pre-meal range is 90 to 130 mg/dl, the post-meal peak should be less than 180 mg/dl and, two hours later, the reading should be less than 140 mg/dl."
The added sweets are not the only thing to watch. Donna Rice, wellness program manager at Botsford Hospital and president of the American Association of Diabetes Educators, says, "Calories and fat also need to be considered. A traditional Thanksgiving meal can equal a day or more worth of a person's daily requirements. By changing ingredients slightly, the dish can reduce calories and fat and still taste great."
Sweeney and Rice offer the following tips for a lighter Thanksgiving:
Botsford Hospital, an independent 330-bed community hospital in Farmington Hills, Mich., was founded in 1965. Nationally recognized for quality, safety and medical education programs, Botsford has received the 2006 Governor's Award for Improving Patient Safety and Quality of Care in the Hospital Setting, and, in 2007, a three-year recertification as a Chest Pain Center from the Society of Chest Pain Centers. Botsford's Web address is www.botsford.org.
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