Diabetic patients have to be careful to take care of their health year-round but it can be especially challenging over the holidays. With endless family get-togethers and opportunities for sugar-laden treats, it’s easy to fall off track.
However, uncontrolled diabetes can lead to a number of serious health problems, including diabetic retinopathy and glaucoma. So enjoy those Christmas parties but make sure to take care of yourself as well. Here are four ways diabetic patients can protect their eyes over the holidays:
- Limit sugary, high carb foods
Okay, this can definitely be a tough one around the holiday season. After all, that second piece of pecan pie is practically begging to be eaten, right?
But diabetics have to be careful about how much sugar they consume because it can add up quickly and cause their blood sugar to elevate. That doesn’t mean you can’t ever have a treat just be sure to plan it ahead of time and eat in moderation. But in general, try to stick to the healthier options on the menu.
- Exercise regularly
Between your regular activities, buying gifts for friends and family, and the increase in social gatherings it’s easy to put exercise on the back burner. But exercise is one of the best ways to keep your diabetes under control so it’s important that you make it a priority. Make sure you set time aside on your calendar for exercise and commit to sticking to it.
- Give yourself plenty of time to rest
It is easy to overdo it during the holidays and let yourself because tired and stressed. This can cause the symptoms of your diabetes to worsen. Make sure you get enough sleep over the holiday season and schedule time when you can relax and unwind.
- Make sure to follow up with your eye doctor
One of the best ways to manage your diabetes is by seeing your eye doctor every year for comprehensive eye exams. During a dilated eye exam, your eye doctor will examine your eyes for signs of diabetic retinopathy or other eye diseases.
If you are living with diabetes and it’s been over a year since your last eye exam, don’t wait! Schedule an appointment with one of our doctors today.