Having a happy Christmas

Christmas can be a difficult time of year to control your diabetes. To start with, the excitement of Christmas can really mess up your blood glucose levels, and then with so many sweet foods around, it's tempting just to eat and eat and eat!

You needn't miss out on all the good things, but it's important tokeep track of what you eatand not to eat loads of sugary and fatty foods as that's not good for anyone – diabetes or no diabetes.

Don't be tempted to stuff yourself with sweets and chocolates behind Mum and Dad's back –be honest about what you've hadso if your blood glucose levels are higher than normal, everyone will know why so they won't worry so much about it.

Test often

If you are eating more sweet foods than usual it is useful totest your blood glucose more often. You'll probably need to increase your insulin dose as well – talk to our nurse (or get Mum or Dad to) if you need help with how to do this.

Don't be tempted not to test your blood glucose because you're scared of what the reading might be. Even if it's very high, it's better to know what it is so you can take the right measures to get your blood glucose levels back to normal.

Andtry and get a bit of activityin your day – easy to do if you've just been given a new bike or something like that, but if all your presents are computer games, it's tempting to spend all your holiday playing them. But make sure you make time for a walk, game of football, maybe even a snowball fight if you're lucky!

See ourtreatspage for further help.

Fitting in with family

When around other family members, like cousins, you may feel left out at times. Or maybe there are family members who don't understand diabetes and either treat you like something from another planet or bombard you with questions. Your own family may even be too caught up to notice how this may be affecting you.

High and low blood glucose levels are common around Christmas and this can make matters worse. Either you seem to be getting no attention at all or everyone's looking at you at just the wrong time.

This happens to almost everyone, and you don't have to have diabetes to be left feeling like you're the odd one out. People can feel like that for lots of reasons. But if your blood glucose is not fully under control it can make you feel worse.

Staying on top of things

If you feel like your feelings are beginning to get on top of you, it's worth taking some time out and doing an extra test. Sometimes the time away will help on its own and finding out how high or low you are will help you to feel more comfortable and in control. And having a chat with Mum or Dad or a favourite relative can really help too.

There is more advice available in theMy familypages.

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