Thanksgiving Moderation by Dr. Dale
Thanksgiving heralds the coming holiday season, and we all are looking forward to our favorite holiday foods. I would encourage you all to enjoy your meals in moderation, but be cautious about overeating which can lead to a variety of problems. If you are diabetic, have high blood pressure, gout, or other common illnesses you will be prone to suffer the consequences of overeating. During this time of year we frequently see diabetic patients with abnormal blood sugar fluctuations after overindulging. Folks with gout may have a flare-up by eating more meat or drinking excessive amounts of alcohol than usual. Patients with high blood pressure and eat too much salt may worsen their pressures which can lead to heart attacks or strokes. Gall bladder attacks also are common during the holidays, often brought on by eating large amounts of fatty foods and vegetables. So eat up! Enjoy your meals. Just do so in moderation. Space you delicious food out over several days, instead of all at one meal. Turkey sandwiches are hard to beat after the holiday gatherings.