The holiday season is a time of celebration. It is also a time of savory meals and sweets. While it is okay to treat yourself during this time, those with type 2 diabetes should be mindful of their meals. The holidays don’t need to be stressful, though. Stay in control of your type 2 diabetes this year with these helpful tips!

Make a plan and stick to it

It is easy to let your diet slip during the holidays. However, if you have type 2 diabetes, it is important to stay in control of what you eat. Planning for your holiday celebrations can help manage what you eat and drink. If possible, figure out what types of food will be at the gathering. If you are worried that you cannot eat the foods being served at the holiday gathering, bring a diabetes-friendly dish along with you.

If you have a hard time sticking with a meal plan, remember that you are in control. Having a plan and sticking to it keeps your blood sugar at a healthy level and allows you to enjoy the holidays happily and healthily.

Stay active

Maintaining your regular exercise routine through the holiday season is important. Exercise helps control your blood sugar levels and reduces your risk of long-term health issues caused by diabetes. Before starting a new exercise routine, speak with your medical provider. They can recommend exercises and give you tips on safely exercising with type 2 diabetes.

Remember your medications

It is easy to get lost in the excitement of the holiday season, but not taking your medication as prescribed can make the celebrations less enjoyable. If you take prescription medication for your diabetes or other health issues, bring it along if you are visiting family or friends. Set an alarm to remind yourself to take your medicines if you are worried you will forget.

Get protected

Those with type 2 diabetes are at higher risk of severe illness caused by COVID-19. If you are gathering with friends and family to celebrate the holidays, keeping yourself safe from the virus is important. If you have not been vaccinated against COVID-19 or those you are planning to be with are not vaccinated, the safest way to celebrate is at a distance. Video chats, phone calls and outside activities are great ways to keep distance while celebrating together.

If you are interested in starting your vaccination journey or need to get the booster shot, HealthLinc offers all of the COVID-19 vaccines to those who are 5 and up. Schedule an appointment at your local HealthLinc clinic by calling 1-888-580-1060.