Your Cheat Sheet for Managing Diabetes on Thanksgiving

Happy Thanksgiving!

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.
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Learn from the Diabetes Online Community!
Last year, we asked you to share with us some of your tips for a safe and successful Thanksgiving. Here are some of the responses.

Do you have some tips for Thanksgiving exercise and diabetes management you’d like to share? Leave a comment here, or visit us on the Joslin Facebook page.

Have a safe and happy Thanksgiving!

Do you need help managing your diabetes? Learn more about the Adult Clinic at Joslin Diabetes Center.

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