The holidays can be a very lonely time for many people, especially for those without family or many friends. These people often feel isolated with nowhere to go and no one to turn to. The hospital emergency department sees an increase at this time of year in individuals who have engaged in potentially lethal behavior during what is supposed to be a festive holiday season.
For most people, overeating and drinking at holiday parties will just result in weight gain. However, for millions of others who do not know they have type 2 diabetes, it could mean something much more serious.
“As tempting and tasty as it might be, eating high fat foods with excess calories, carbohydrates and salt will put people who don’t know they have the disease at great risk,” said Dr. Dale J. Hamilton, an endocrinologist and diabetes specialist with The Methodist Hospital in Houston. “The most common cause of death from type 2 diabetes is heart disease and stroke.”
The average person consumes about 4,000 calories on Thanksgiving, two times the amount that an average person needs. And with Thanksgivimg just the start of a holiday season full of parties, sweets, holiday dinners and holiday parties.
If you’re counting calories or looking to stay trim over the holiday season, consider using the research findings of Koert van Ittersum, associate professor of marketing in Georgia Tech’s Scheller College of Business. Van Ittersum’s conducted several studies validating techniques that could help you eat less and stay svelte throughout the holiday season.