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Healthy Holiday Quiz (Especially for diabetics)

Tuesday, January 01, 2013

1. You're attending a neighborhood pot-luck party. Which horsd'oeuvre staple is your best bet?
a. A handful of nuts
b. Pigs in a blanket
c. Cheese and crackers

Answer: a. If your main concern is glucose control, you need to watch out for carbohydrates, which can cause a big spike in blood sugar. Nuts are relatively low in carbs and contain healthy fats and protein. Cheese is your second-best choice, but skip the high-carb accompaniments like crackers or jam.

2. You're meeting friends for holiday cocktails. Which beverage will least affect your blood glucose level?
a. Beer
b. Wine
c. A gin and tonic

Answer: b. Though beer and tonic water may not taste particularly sweet, both are high in carbohydrates compared to dry (non-sweet) wines. But before you indulge, it's important to talk to your doctor, since alcohol and diabetes can be a dangerous mix. Drinking can camouflage the symptoms of low blood sugar, decrease your will power to make smart food choices, and impair your liver's ability to regulate your blood glucose level. So if you do drink, know your limit and stick to it.

3. Your office holiday party is tonight. The best time to test your blood glucose is:
a. Before the party
b. After the party
c. Both

Answer: c. Yes, it's a pain to drag your glucometer to a party, but it's the only way to tell whether your blood glucose is in a safe range. Try to test shortly before eating and again two hours afterward.
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