Well, if you made it out of holiday season without eating too many cookies, gumdrops, or chocolate you did very well. I congratulate you. However, the trickery of blood sugar dangers isn’t over. There are 2 more holidays that involve a lot of candies.
Chocolates and candy hearts are a staple at Valentine’s Day. Jelly Beans and marshmallow chicks never get left out of Easter and springtime baskets. We just suffered through the myriad of temptations of the winter holiday season, so what’s a person to do?
Most experts agree that it’s okay every now and then to give in a bit to the temptation and lure of holiday treats, provided you are doing so reasonably and in moderation. As I discussed in the article during Halloween time, though, there are some scary pitfalls to over-doing it.
With Valentine’s Day approaching, there are a lot of open bowls of candy smattered around offices, homes, even some classrooms. Dodging these can be a nuisance for most people but can define the very course the rest of your life takes for others.
Let me elaborate. If you don’t have trouble with your blood glucose levels, you generally can have a few candies or a piece of chocolate and then go on about your day with no real ill effects. However, if you do have blood sugar problems, such as pre-diabetes, you are setting yourself up for bad things.
People who have not been diagnosed with Type II diabetes but may suspect it should not only show extra caution around this time of year, but also should consider seeing a doctor if any of the following symptoms crop up:
- Excess thirst
- Frequent urination
- Extreme fatigue
- Blurry vision
- Losing weight- and not trying to
- Bouts of excessive sweating
- Yeast infections (both women and men)
- Foot irregularities, including extreme pain or numbness
It’s tough enough to try and avoid all the pitfalls of holiday treats when you are of generally good health, but it becomes all the more critical when you are on the verge of developing something that can dramatically alter your life.
Simple changes now…especially if your doctor has told you that he or she suspects you are pre-diabetic, can spell a lifetime of relief.
Avoiding the sugary treats doesn’t make you rude (especially if it’s given as a gift), it makes you passionate about your health.
So what should you be considering as a gift for Valentine’s Day for your special someone? What can you put on the edge of your desk for office visitors?
Simple. Get a stack of those little cards (or even make some yourself) and write out a healthy living tip on each one. Instead of attaching candy to the valentines, attach the list of diabetes warning signs.
Your friends and family might wonder “what’s gotten into you” especially if you are known for being generous with the sugary treats. Just tell them it’s a new year and your focus now is on finding healthier ways to make people feel special.
For more information on how to get control of your type II diabetes, check out our natural Beat Diabetes guide today.