Phew! We’ve survived Thanksgiving, but are headed into another month of sweet treats and tasty delights, celebrations and stress, which is hard for anyone to manage. But, for those with diabetes, high blood pressure, high cholesterol and chronic kidney disease (CKD), it’s that much harder to control! Here are some tips to help get you back on track.
If you drink a lot of diet soda, now is the time to quit it. A Swedish study has found that two diet drinks a day can increase your chances of diabetes, which is a contributing factor to CKD. Many people think that they’re safe to drink diet sodas, but it turns out that your chances for diabetes increase regardless. Instead of soda, drink water! This will help flush out your system and get you back to feeling normal in no time.
If you have diabetes, then being mindful of your eating habits is always top of mind. After the holiday indulgences, you might be thinking about skipping a meal or two to save on calories. We recommend that you try smaller meals instead, to avoid crashes and fluctuations. Here are “10 Best Snacks for Type 2 Diabetes.”
Type 1 diabetics should pay attention to blood pressure, as high blood pressure has been linked to an increase risk of chronic kidney disease. Increasing your activity now and through the holidays, while maintaining your weight and reducing sodium intake can help eliminate that.
Don’t forget to count your sheep and get your sleep! Sleep, or lack of it, has been linked to the progression of chronic kidney disease. Getting plenty of ‘ZZZs’ continues to be important for your overall health.
If you are on dialysis or have chronic kidney disease, The National Kidney Foundation has tips for surviving the holidays, too! Watch your serving sizes, salt and alcohol intake are just a few.
Maintaining your health through the holidays can be hard, but don’t beat yourself up for small setbacks! Repeat after me: “It is only one day, but tomorrow is going to be better!”