Thanksgiving is almost here, and it’s time to make plans for your favorite dishes. If you have diabetes, think twice before skipping blood sugar checks or fueling your body with the wrong foods. November is American Diabetes Month, and Dr. Naghmeh Lilly Khavari of the Carrollton Foot Center wants to help you choose the right foods this season. Unhealthy blood sugar levels can be life-threatening for patients.
What is diabetes?
There are multiple forms, but Type 2 is most commonly diagnosed. If you have this form, your body is unable to use insulin properly. For many people, this means they will need insulin or medication to manage their blood sugar levels. For others, a diet or exercise change may help, too.
How can you monitor your blood sugar?
Understanding your blood sugar is a foundational step of diabetes management. If your blood sugar is too high or too low, you’re in danger of experiencing complications. We recommend keeping a log of your blood sugar levels and checking them regularly. These notes are helpful for visits with your doctor, and they help you understand which levels allow you to feel your best.
Which foods should you choose?
According to the American Diabetes Association, there are a few components of a healthy meal plan. Start here when planning your Thanksgiving menu:
- Fruits and vegetables
- Lean meats and plant-based sources of protein
- Less added sugar
- Less processed foods
When should you call the doctor?
We’re always here for you — even during the holidays. For patients with diabetes, podiatrists are a part of their care team—many complications impact feet and ankles. If you have a slow-healing wound, numbness, tingling, or other concerns, don’t hesitate to call. These could be signs of foot issues.
You’re not alone in your diabetes diagnosis. Our board-certified podiatrist, Dr. Naghmeh Lilly Khavari, is here to support you and provide care for your feet and ankles. Call us at (469) 998-3668. Our office is at 4221 Medical Parkway, STE 450, in Carrollton, TX.