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Many of us can think of a loved one or friend who has diabetes. During the holidays, we often decide to put our healthy habits on hold. However, people with diabetes need to keep their blood sugar in control, regardless of the time of year. That means sticking with healthy habits, even throughout times of celebration. Here are some tips for managing diabetes that all of us can benefit from while making the most of the season.

Be mindful of what you’re eating and when.

For many, the biggest challenge during the holidays is avoiding tempting foods. Here are some strategies you can try:

  • Eat at regular times to keep blood sugar in balance. If you’re eating later than usual, have a small snack at your normal mealtime and eat a little less at the holiday gathering.
  • Don’t arrive at a holiday party hungry. It’s harder to make healthy choices if you feel like you’re starving.
  • Offer to bring a healthy dish when you’re invited to a meal. That way, you’ll know you have something you can enjoy, guilt-free.
  • Plan ahead. Have that treat or special entrée you love, but keep the portion small. Enjoy every bite, and don’t feel guilty for doing it.
  • Give yourself a break if you have a slip. Mistakes happen. Just be sure to get on track as soon as you can.

Make time for exercise

Skipping a workout when you’re busy is tempting, but it’s important to keep moving. Exercising can help you control your blood sugar, and it’s a great way to reduce stress. If you don’t have time for your full routine, doing a little less is far better than skipping it altogether.

Prioritize sleep.

Not getting enough sleep makes it harder to control your blood sugar. Plus, when you’re tired, you’re more likely to eat foods that are high in fat and sugar.

Stay on top of your blood sugar.

It can be hard to fit in testing when you’re busy. Regular blood sugar checks will help you make adjustments to keep your blood sugar stable.

Great news! Next year, the Alliance Health Plan will partner with KnovaSolutions, allowing free access to Certified Diabetes Care and Education Specialists (CDCES). These specialists will provide tailored services and programs to help plan members and dependents impacted by diabetes.

To learn more about KnovaSolutions, email [email protected] or call (800) 355-0885. We are available Monday through Friday from 8 a.m. to 8 p.m. MT.


KnovaSolutions® is a clinical prevention service to help Alliance Health Plan members better understand and manage their medical care, treatments, and medications via telephone and email. The KnovaSolutions clinical team focuses on the member as a whole, not just the health complications they may be facing, by providing access to health information and support in making the best health decisions possible.