DIABETES AND VALENTINE’S DAY
As we narrow in on February 14th, a paraphrased version of the most often quoted line from Alfred Lord Tennyson’s LOCKSLEY HALL immediately comes to mind: “A young man’s fancy turns to love.” While nature may dictate the young man’s thoughts, tradition dictates his actions. For most of us, Valentine’s Day virtually demands that we give chocolate! And, in Idaho they apparently take this serious, as there is reportedly a law on the books that states, “It is illegal for a man to give his sweetheart a box of candy weighing less than 50 pounds.”
It appears that fifty pounds of chocolate would indicate a lot of Love for your Sweetheart, uncles, of course, that individual is Diabetic! I doubt that there are any laws on the statutes for “Murder by Chocolate,” but, needless to say, fifty pounds of chocolate certainly is not what a Diabetic should be Blessed with!
While none of us actually get fifty pounds of chocolate on Valentine’s Day, studies show that we do get enough to make it the most “sugary” holiday where chocolates are given. In a study based on the GLOOKO WEB AND MOBILE APP, the following chart reflects the average Blood Sugar Levels on these holidays:
Valentine’s Day 168mg/dl
Christmas Day 140mg/dl
New Year’s Eve 131mg/dl
The day with the lowest reading was Sept. 28 with a 70/mg/dl.
Perhaps the best way to help someone resist temptation is to help them avoid it. With that thought in mind, here are some other gifts that might be used to show your Love for a Diabetic:
- Diabetic Themed T-Shirts
- Diabetic Themed Coffee Mugs
A real treat for most couples is to share a Valentine’s Dinner at a nice restaurant. If you are a Diabetic and are Blessed with such an occurrence, here are a few tips to consider:
- Forego the pre-meal bread
- Choose appetizers that are Low on Carbs
and feature Healthy Fats
- With your Entrée, try to avoid Pasta,
Potatoes, and Rice.
- Don’t completely shy away from Dessert, after all it is Valentine’s Day! It would be wise, however, to have just a sliver of that chocolate cake!
We trust that this information will allow you and your Sweetheart, to have a Happy, and Healthy!, Valentine’s Day!
If you, or someone you know, needs help in managing their Diabetes, please call AVEON HEALTH at 480-300-4663 to make an appointment with a member of our staff and allow them to escort you down the path to an improved quality of life for you and your loved ones!
This Blog was written, in great part, with information gleaned from the following sources: