The Keto Diet: Is It Safe for Diabetics?

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There have been plenty of variations of low-carb diets over the years, including South Beach, Atkins, and paleo – aka, eating foods similar to those our hunter-gatherer Paleolithic ancestors ate.  The most recent member of the club is the ketogenic or keto diet.  You may have seen the terms “keto” or “keto friendly” begin to appear on tortillas, snack foods, and other items at the grocery store.  You may remember seeing keto magazines at the checkout counter or keto cookbooks at Barnes & Noble.  You might even have friends and members of your family who have “gone keto” and talk about benefits ranging from weight loss to feeling less tired.

So what exactly is this “keto” thing all about, and is it safe for diabetics to try?

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Diabetes 101: Eating healthy during the holidays

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It felt like life threw you a curveball with your recent diabetes diagnosis. Now, it’s time for all of the big holidays: Thanksgiving, Christmas, and New Year’s. You can’t help but feel a bit cheated and apprehensive: how will you survive this overindulgent time of year now that you have to watch your diabetic diet so carefully? There are endless work parties, get-togethers with friends, and family dinners coming up on your calendar. They’re filled with good times…and lots, lots of unhealthy food and drinks. What will you do now?

The key to prevent overindulging is to have a plan for the holidays. Remember that it’s not really about the food: it’s about the people you’re with. Do little things to set yourself up for success beforehand.

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Can Diabetics Drink Alcohol?

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Can people with diabetes drink alcohol?

Yes, but only with an abundance of caution. As little as just two drinks in one day can affect blood sugar levels, while alcohol can aggravate diabetes symptoms and contribute to conditions that lead to diabetes, such as weight gain and pancreatitis.

Heavy drinking can also make your body less sensitive to insulin, which leads to Type 2 diabetes. Read on to learn more about how alcohol impacts diabetic health.

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What Can Diabetics Eat for Snacks?

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Living with diabetes means making a lot of changes. You need to monitor your blood sugar, get special diabetic socks, and change your diet.

That includes snacking. When most people think of snacks, they picture the little package of M&Ms waiting for them in their desk, or the bag of chips calling to them from the pantry.

But when you have diabetes, snacking becomes trickier. You need to choose things that will help you control your blood sugar levels.

That doesn’t mean you’re doomed to a lifetime of bland, boring food. Here are a few snacks for diabetics that are as healthy as they are enjoyable.

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