Your Cheat Sheet for Managing Diabetes on Thanksgiving

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Here are some tips from Joslin Diabetes Center for making your diabetes easier to manage on Thanksgiving

Thanksgiving is two days away. Between the family, football, and piled-high plates, it can be overwhelming to properly manage your diabetes. Over the years, the Joslin Blog has compiled tips and tricks for making the day a little easier.

General Tips for the Day
Check out these three posts to help you navigate the whole day.

For the Table
Try this recipe for Butternut Squash with Onions, Chestnuts and Apples, which has 185 calories, 41g carb, 35g protein, 2g fat, and 8g fiber per serving.

This post is a primer on artificial sweeteners. If you choose to replace sugar in your recipes with an artificial sweetener, check out this article from, which goes over how much of each sweetener you should use.

Get Moving!
Taking a walk with family or tossing around the football are two great ways to get in some exercise on Thanksgiving Day. A workout session in the morning couldn’t hurt, either. Make sure you keep an eye on your blood glucose levels.

Traveling this Thanksgiving?
Brush up on tips for traveling with an insulin pump, and follow these 10 tips for safe trips.

Having a glass of wine or two with Thanksgiving dinner? Read up on how to manage your diabetes when you’ve had something to drink, and how to fit it into your meal plan.

And we want to hear from you! This week, on the Joslin Facebook page, we’re asking you to share your Thanksgiving exercise and diabetes management tips with Joslin’s social network.

Have a safe and happy Thanksgiving!

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