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Enjoy Thanksgiving without raising risks of Diabetes
Posted By News Staff On Sunday, November 11, 2012 @ 10:00 pm In News | No Comments
Nashville, TN – If your Thanksgiving plans include lifting weights for 10 hours or going for a seven-hour run after dinner, enjoy your meal without worries. That’s how much activity it takes to burn the 4,000 calories many will consume as they work their way through turkey with all the trimmings.
But if you plan to linger around the table and take a nap or spend time on the sofa after eating, your future might hold glucose meters and insulin injections, both part of life for Tennessee’s growing number of individuals with diabetes. While blood sugar testing and shots may not seem too difficult to handle, blindness, kidney failure and loss of limbs are the serious consequences for some who develop diabetes.“Our Thanksgiving traditions are based on a time when feasting was a rare opportunity for celebration and a ritual that helped people survive the winter months. But now a heavy meal is a daily possibility for many, and most of us need to rethink if we can celebrate our wonderful time together by, say, taking a walk and making better food choices instead of encouraging overeating to the point of harm,” said Tennessee Health Commissioner John Dreyzehner, MD, MPH. “As we face an epidemic of obesity and overweight and the numerous health problems that result, take time this Thanksgiving to reflect on our blessings of bounty and consider new traditions that can help keep loved ones healthy and active for a truly bountiful life.”
The Tennessee Department of Health offers the following suggestions for healthier cooking and eating at Thanksgiving.
For additional tips on preparing healthier meals, eating wisely or recognizing the signs of diabetes, visit the TDH website at http://health.state.tn.us/nutrition/index.htm  and the TDH Cookbook with easy, low cost, healthy recipes at http://health.state.tn.us/nutrition/recipes.html. 
The mission of the Tennessee Department of Health is to protect, promote and improve the health and prosperity of people in Tennessee. For more information about TDH services and programs, visit http://health.state.tn.us/. 
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