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Eating with Diabetes: Party Food

Celebration Tips for People with Diabetes

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Birthday parties, holidays and other social events provide ample opportunity to relax and have a great time with friends and family. Attending a party when you're trying to lose weight is hard enough; for many people with diabetes, an invitation to a party can be even more stressful. The underlying cause of all the worry is usually not the people or the event itself, but the food. Good food. Food that "a diabetic shouldn't eat." As a result, something that should be fun turns into a reason to panic.

Relax. By planning ahead and applying some smart strategies when making food choices, it is absolutely possible for people with diabetes to live it up at any party or social event (without giving up on your diabetes-management goals).

Planning Ahead
Most people expect to indulge at a party. This is not desirable for anyone who is trying to manage their weight, but it can be especially problematic for people with diabetes since overeating can lead to high blood sugar (hyperglycemia). In the short term, high blood sugar can cause fatigue, nausea, headaches, and a host of other miserable symptoms that will put a damper on your evening. In the long term, high blood sugar damages blood vessels and nerves. This damage, with time, causes the serious complications of diabetes: blindness, kidney failure, amputations, heart attacks, and strokes.
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About The Author

Amy L. Poetker Amy L. Poetker
Amy Poetker is a licensed and registered dietitian and certified diabetes educator with a master's degree in dietetics. Amy, who has spent most of her career working in diabetes education, is dedicated to the treatment of that disease and the prevention of related complications. See all of Amy's articles.

Member Comments

  • Good information. Bottom line---plan to be successful!
    - 5/12/2016 9:43:16 AM
  • I thought this was a great article. I learned some things from this. - 2/20/2016 9:56:01 AM
  • A really helpful article full of great information that is very useable. Thanks! - 9/10/2015 11:20:04 AM
    Great article. I always offer to bring a dish or even two so I can have something healthy there to eat and so can the other guests. - 9/4/2015 12:26:32 PM
  • Great information in this article!!!!!! I've got to save this information. - 1/19/2013 9:34:21 PM
  • Wow this is one of my favorite articles ever because it is so easy to understand! I come from a family of diabetics and believed all the old myths- sugar is the only culprit, it would kill a diabetic but everything else was ok, etc. Now I have learned from this article that I could have been setting myself up for diabetes by thinking that if I avoid sugars I will be fine. Really needed this info!!! - 5/16/2012 7:27:59 AM
    YES to bringing that dish! I don't have diabetes, but in the interest of avoiding that terrible condition, it's nutritional "insurance" to bring a healthy dish along - a way to help keep your blood sugar at a safe, steady level. What a vital suggestion, Amy! - 11/25/2011 11:53:21 AM
  • Awesome article! Great Ideas! Don't have to worry about attending a party and worry about what you can eat. Thank you! - 11/25/2011 11:38:13 AM

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