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5 Tips for Brides With Diabetes

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Congratulations. Your big day is just around the corner! Like many brides, you’re probably experiencing a mix of excitement, nervousness, and anticipation about marrying the love of your life and celebrating with friends and family. However, unlike most brides, you may have concerns about coping with your diabetes throughout the planning and celebration.

Not to worry: Here are five things you can do to stay healthy as you plan your way to happily ever after.

1. Minimize stress. At times, planning a wedding can be overwhelming. While stress is harmful for everyone, in people with diabetes, it can also increase blood glucose levels, trigger cravings for unhealthy foods, and make diabetes more difficult to control overall; when you’re feeling frazzled, you may not focus on taking good care of yourself.

You can control stress throughout the wedding-planning process. In addition to asking for help when you need it—your loved ones will be happy to pitch in—be sure to exercise regularly. Also, try short-circuiting stress with breathing exercises. Take five minutes once a day to lie down and relax your muscles, taking deep breaths. This simple exercise can make a significant difference in how you feel.

2. Set attainable weight-loss goals. If you’re trying to shed pounds for your walk down the aisle, be sure to set reasonable goals. Crash dieting isn’t healthy for anyone—whether they have diabetes or not.

Give yourself plenty of time to lose weight. Aim to drop ½ to 2 pounds per week. To do this, trim 250 to 1,000 calories from your daily diet. Although you may not see changes immediately, losing weight gradually is better for your health. It also makes it more likely that you’ll keep the weight off long after your wedding.

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Prescription Lantus® is a long-acting insulin used to treat adults with type 2 diabetes and adults and children (6 years and older) with type 1 diabetes for the control of high blood sugar. It should be taken once a day at the same time each day to lower blood glucose.

Do not use Lantus® to treat diabetic ketoacidosis.

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Do not take Lantus® if you are allergic to insulin or any of the inactive ingredients in Lantus®.

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3. Sip smartly. With all of the celebrations surrounding your wedding—bridal showers, the bachelorette party, and the big day itself—you may want to enjoy a few cocktails. Be sure to talk with your doctor or registered dietitian about how to do this without disrupting your blood glucose levels, since alcohol can cause hypoglycemia.

Some tips to keep in mind: Check your blood glucose before you drink to make sure it’s OK. Always eat something while you drink. Opt for wine spritzers to reduce the amount of booze in your glass, and mix alcohol with calorie-free mixers such as diet soda, club soda, or water. As often as possible, limit yourself to one drink per day.

4. Consider your insulin pump during dress alterations. Your insulin pump doesn’t have to dictate your wedding-day fashion; you can still wear the dress you love. During alterations, ask your seamstress to sew a hidden pocket for your pump. No one will know it’s there except you.

5. Plan your meals. Many brides will tell you they hardly eat a bite on their wedding day because they’re so busy and excited. That’s not OK: It’s important to eat regularly throughout the day, since skipping meals can make your blood glucose more difficult to control.

Before the big day, plan out your snacks or meals. Have food available while you’re getting ready with the girls. Talk to the event planner at your venue to ensure some food is set aside for you for during the reception. If you need to have your mom or a bridesmaid remind you to eat or even bring you food, let them know ahead of time. The goal? To feel your very best on one of the happiest days of your life.

Key Takeaways

  • Focus on controlling stress as you plan your wedding; too much can increase blood glucose levels and trigger cravings for unhealthy foods.

  • Set reasonable goals if you’re trying to lose weight. Aim to drop ½ to 2 pounds per week.

  • If you’re indulging in a cocktail, try a wine spritzer or a drink made with calorie-free mixers. Always eat something along with it.

  • During dress alterations, ask your seamstress to sew a hidden pocket for your insulin pump.

  • Plan out your wedding-day snacks and meals ahead of time.

Medical Reviewer: Williams, Robert, MD Last Annual Review Date: 2013-02-08 Copyright: 2013 Healthgrades, Inc. All rights reserved. May not be reproduced or reprinted without permission from Healthgrades, Inc. Use of this information is governed by the Healthgrades User Agreement.

Reference: Diabetes section on Better Medicine

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