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Thank goodness it only comes once a year, right? Oh, it's the hap-happiest season of all, but for people with diabetes it can be like one long and crazy ride on a rickety sleigh. There's feast after feast, platters of sweet treats everywhere you look, and annual indulgences like eggnog and champagne punch. According to a study by the New England Journal of Medicine, the average American gains about .8 lbs between Thanksgiving and New Year's.

We've culled six of the top questions and quandaries we've gotten over the years, and we have answers for you. Listen up, and then ... hang on for the ride!

We wish you a wonderful holiday.

Susan Weiner, R.D., M.S., C.D.E., C.D.N., contributed to this slideshow.

Click here to download a printable PDF version of this slideshow

SOURCE:

Yanovski, Jack A., Susan Z. Yanovski, Kara N. Sovik, et al. 2000. A prospective study of holiday weight gain. N Engl J Med 342: 861-867.


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