Archive | December 25, 2010

Diabetes and New Year’s Celebrations

Here is a question I recently received from

I have recently been diagnosed with diabetes and my wife has pre-diabetes. New Year’s Eve we always have a large celebration with cocktails and lots of food. We are growing weary of the party this year given my new diagnosis. Any tips on how we can still enjoy the party?

Answer: Here are some tips to help you enjoy the party without over indulging:

  • Focus on family and friends instead of food; it’s the best time to catch up with what is going on in their lives.
  • Eat moderately and slowly: enjoy the food and make sure your portions are reasonable
  • Don’t skip meals if you do so it will be harder to control your blood sugar and you intend to eat more.
  • Choose sparkling water, unsweetened tea, coffee or diet soda
  • If you choose to drink alcohol, drink in moderation: alcohol drinks add significant amounts of calories to your intake, so keep it to no more than 1 or fewer drink for women and 2 drinks for men.  (1 alcoholic drink equals a 12 oz beer, 5 oz glass of wine, or 1 ½ oz distilled spirits (vodka, whiskey, gin, etc.)).

  • Alcohol can cause hypoglycemia, so if you are on medications that lower blood glucose check your blood glucose before you drink to help you decide if you should drink.  Eat something before or while you drink to prevent low blood glucose later.  Also, check blood glucose before you go to bed to make sure the blood glucose is within safe range (100 – 140mg/dL) because hypoglycemia can be caused shortly after drinking and for 8-12 hours after drinking.
  • Sip a drink slowly to make it last longer.
  • Try wine spritzers to decrease the amount of wine in the drink.

  • Some good snack ideas while you drink are: pretzels, popcorn, crackers, fat-free or baked chips, raw vegetables and a low-fat yogurt dip.

  • Be active and plan time for exercise.  After eating you can play games, help clean up after a meal or bundle up and go for a walk.