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Around the holidays, diet patterns change and larger meals than usual are often consumed.1,3 When there are several food choices, advise patients to keep portion sizes small. “Tell them to just sample each dish, choose their favorites,” said Arévalo, and opt to freeze leftovers for a later date. In addition, having healthier food options on the table like fruits and green vegetables and substituting herbs for added salt can help patients satisfy their appetites and avoid hypertension. Although large meals eaten later in the day may be the main focus, reminding patients to eat breakfast is another strategy to prevent overeating.

How to Help Patients With Diabetes Stay Healthy Around the Holidays

Holidays can be a challenging time for patients with diabetes to maintain glycemic control and other aspects of their condition.1-6 Sandra Arévalo, MPH, RDN, CDE, a spokesperson for the American Association of Diabetes Educators and the Academy of Nutrition, worked with Endocrinology Advisor to compile a list of key tips for practitioners to give their…

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