New Year’s is that time of the year where most of us want to hit the reset button and let go of the old bad habits holding us back and set some new goals to adopt healthy habits into our lifestyle. This is not an easy task, especially if you have diabetes. Traditional foods on Tet holiday contain ingredients that people with diabetes should abstain from.

 According to the Ho Chi Minh City Nutrition Center, if you are not hospitalized or being treated for complications of diabetes, you can still eat all the traditional dishes on New Year. However, patients should pay attention to eating equal to the amount of food in their diet as usual.

 On New Year days, the life of people with diabetes is turned upside down compared to normal days: eating, sleeping at the wrong time, snacking due to constant reception, forgetting to take medicine, or even running out of medicine without being able to keep up. Buy, drink beer, coffee, cigarettes. In addition, patients also have to eat more than usual, but most of the popular dishes on Tet holiday contain a lot of starch and fat.

 Pickles, spring rolls, and melon are all foods that stimulate the taste, help digestion and are easy to eat on Tet holiday, but there are quite a lot of sugar and salt that are unhealthy. Diabetics should limit these foods. In addition, to avoid hyperglycemia and prevent constipation after eating, patients should prepare steamed vegetables, boiled supplements in the diet..

People with diabetes should limit the sweet foods as much as jam cakes, tubers, pickled onions.

Ordinary people eat about 200-250g of fruit per day is enough, particularly diabetics should choose fruits less sweet, more fiber like grapefruit, guava, plum, apple, ... Eating whole fruit will be better than grinding puree or just squeeze the juice.

 For confectionary cakes, diabetics should choose cakes and candies with low glycemic index (GI<50). Nuts like almonds, walnuts, cashews, pumpkin seeds, melon seeds, when substituted, are better than jams.

 People with diabetes can use wine but do not drink too much. Every day, patients should only use about 200 ml of wine with meals. According to Dr. Ha Thi Kim Hong - Head of Department of General Health Examination - City International Hospital, an expert with 25 years of experience in Diabetes - Endocrinology and General Health said that people with diabetes should limit Drinking alcohol or beer can cause an increase or decrease in blood sugar due to hindering glycogen synthesis and affecting liver function, causing metabolic disorders.

Dr, Ha Thi Kim Hong  Specialist Level 2 (Endocrinology)- Head of Department of General Health examination City International Hospital.

According to many studies, regularly drinking wine in moderate amounts has a stabilizing effect on blood fats and protects the heart. After drinking for a few hours, patients should have their blood sugar tested more often than usual, especially if high blood pressure should stop drinking.

Along with the diet, people with diabetes must take the medicine fully, on time, avoid having fun but forget the medicine or have the psychology of "abstaining" from taking medicine on Tet holiday, it will be very dangerous.

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