“It’s the Christmas season.”
People travelling from far to be with their loved ones, a lot of shopping, celebrations everywhere, The diabetic, who is supposed to keep off refined sugars, will gulp down fruit juice or drinks that claim to be low sugar.
The hypertensive, who should be on a low-salt diet, stay off alcohol and cigarettes will indulge in the salty meals, and ofcourse take some glasses of red wine and beers, some might even take a smoke or two.
The gout patient, who must cut down on meat, will eat all the beef he hasn’t eaten during the year. Those trying to lose weight will also go on a break in the month of December. People on long term medication will forget to or decide not to take them and some will fail to turn up for their hospital appointments. In the excitement some young adults will incur avoidable injuries, some life threatening.
When the celebration is over by January some will show up at their doctor’s clinic with their blood pressure through the roof, poorly controlled blood sugar, gout acting up again. Some don’t even live to see January: some young men drink their heads silly, end up in a brawl and are stabbed to death; some drive in drunken state and end up being victims of an avoidable road accident. Others die from complications of their poorly managed chronic illnesses.
In our attempt at enjoying and indulging ourselves during the yuletide,We throw away all the gains made during the year in just 3 weeks. Christmas is a time for relaxation and celebrations but let’s be cautious. Wherever you may be during the season,There are a few things you can do to still maintain your health:
- Drive safely and never drive in a drunken state, remember you have loved ones waiting for you at home
- A glass of water first thing in the morning
- Take your medications as at when due
- Go for grilled instead of fried chicken.
- More fish, less meat.
- Eat more of vegetable salads
- Go for diet soda, not regular soda (and limit it to the barest minimum)
- For every bottle of beer you drink, take two bottles of water
- Have a fruit challenge, instead of a drink challenge
- Never go to a party hungry; the temptation will be to eat any and everything that comes your way
- If you seem to be missing out on your regular exercise because of parties, then dance more at these parties (dancing is great cardio exercise)
- Don’t forget to cover up properly…remember this season is fun and usually very cold, I wouldn’t want you to end up with a cold or worse by January
According to researchers in the USA, more people die on Christmas day and New Year’s Day than any other days during the year. The exact reason is not known and the causes of death don’t give us any clue as to why that is the case. But if you do what is right and remain cautious then your health won’t suffer much.
Let’s celebrate the season in a safe, healthy manner; no room for regrets.