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Endocrinology Tips for Staying Successful During the Holidays and a Pandemic

Endocrinology Tips for Staying Successful During the Holidays and a Pandemic

With the holidays upon us, it can be challenging for people with diabetes or other endocrine related conditions to stay on track. Planning ahead is key and can go a long way in helping you get through festive, and typically calorie-laden holiday meals in a healthy way, says Dr. Buttan an endocrinologist with Torrance Memorial Physician Network. With more time at home due to coronavirus restrictions and added stress, it is easier to snack and eat less healthy throughout the day.

Important Steps To Help You Succeed:

  • Make Sure You Have Enough Medication -- Be sure to check in with your physician/ provider to ensure you have all your prescriptions to avoid being without.
  • Keep Your Regular Schedule -- its easy to stray from your regular schedule during the holidays, even during a pandemic, but a try to stick to daily sleep and exercise routines which will help stabilize blood and sugar levels.
  • Maintain Typical Meal Times – don’t skip meals during the holidays as this can throw blood sugar levels out of whack.

Tip: If you are planning on a big meal, have a small snack earlier in the day, and maybe eat a little less for the main meal so you don’t overindulge the main meal.

  • Enjoy Holiday Treats in Moderation -- you don’t have to totally avoid them but indulge in moderation. If you have something special, don’t have too much, and make up for it by watching the other carbs you have that day.
  • Limit Alcohol Consumption – as many cocktails contain a lot of sugar.
  • Snack on Veggies -- before you sit down to a big meal, snack on veggies to help fill you up a bit so you won’t overeat.
  • Test Your Blood Sugar More Often -- if you’re having a big meal, test your blood sugar more often, and make sure you’re taking your medication. If your blood sugar stays high, ask your doctor for advice.

This holiday season has an added layer of complexity for people with diabetes since they are at increased risk of complications for COVID-19. If you have diabetes or other underlying conditions you should avoid gatherings and practice social distancing, hand washing and wear a mask.

Our Endocrinology office is open and accepting new patients. For your safety we are continuing to provide Telehealth appointments for new and existing patients. To make an appointment, please call (310) 517-8952.

Anshu Buttan, MD