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Helpful Halloween Hints
By Shirley Kadoura, RD, CDE
For most people, Halloween brings to mind thoughts of costumes, spooky decorations, and, of course, candy! For a person with diabetes, the fun may be overshadowed by worry about how to control blood sugar and still enjoy the season. While there are no forbidden foods for people with diabetes, planning to include healthy foods along with a few favorite treats can help manage blood sugars and make the holiday enjoyable again.
Tip #1: Eat a balanced meal, including lean protein and non-starchy vegetables before diving into Halloween fun. Eat fewer carbs at your meal to allow for additional carbs you want to consume in treats later. Also, offering nuts and a veggie tray in addition to sweets at parties gives alternative choices for guests who count carbohydrates.
Tip #2: Fun-size it! Enjoy your favorite candy in moderation. Many fun-sized (smaller) candy bars contain only 10-15 grams of carbohydrate and can be included as part of a meal or snack.
Tip #3: Don't buy your favorite candy to hand out to trick-or-treaters. Instead, buy candies you do not like (don't worry, they are someone's favorite!). This way, you can enjoy the costumes without getting distracted by the treats in your bowl.
Tip #4: Beware of "sugar-free" candy. "Sugar-free" does not mean "carbohydrate-free," and it is the total carbohydrates that raise blood sugar. Also, many sugar-free foods contain sugar alcohols, like Sorbitol, which can cause diarrhea when eaten in large amounts. Read labels and count the total carbohydrates for all food, including candy.
Tip #5: Give it away! Once the fun is over, it may be tempting to keep leftover candy until it is gone. But if you struggle to control yourself around sweets, you may want to consider donating your wrapped candy to a deserving charity like a children's hospital, or sending it to our military in active duty.
Living with diabetes does not mean missing out on Halloween fun. By planning ahead, everyone can enjoy making memories with family and friends.
The closest thing to Vegas! Attend the Rugiero Casino Royale Fundraiser on November 3
Have you ever dreamt of playing Texas Hold'Em poker live? Or envisioned yourself at a blackjack table surrounded by cheering onlookers as you place your winning bet? What about feeling like a celebrity at a high-profile charity event, getting dressed up and mingling with other philanthropists? Well, all these dreams can come true if you attend the 3rd Annual Rugiero Casino Royale Night, a fundraiser for the U-M Antonio Rugiero Diabetes Research Fund at the University of Michigan Comprehensive Diabetes Center.
The Rugiero Casino Royale starts at 5:30 p.m. on Saturday, November 3 with a strolling supper, full bar, and gaming on authentic gaming tables with professional dealers. You don't have to pay for a plane ticket or a hotel room to enjoy this event's Las Vegas atmosphere! It takes place at the Italian American Club at 39200 Five Mile Road in Livonia, MI 48154. The cost is $75, which includes entertainment, silent auction, prizes, and $100 in gaming chips. The Texas Hold'Em Poker Tournament begins at 7:00 p.m. and requires a separate $100 ticket (along with the $75 event fee).
For the third year in a row, the Rugiero Family — owners of the popular Antonio's Cucina Italiana restaurants in Dearborn Heights, Farmington Hills, and Canton, as well as the Roman Village Cucina Italiana in Dearborn — generously give of their time and resources to host this fundraiser for diabetes research. The reason this topic is so close to their hearts is because the family's father and restaurant co-founder, Antonio Rugiero, was diagnosed with type 2 diabetes when he was 32 years old. He passed away in 2008 from complications associated with diabetes. Soon after, Antonio's widow, Rita, and her four sons (Patrick, Anthony, Mark, and Robert) established the U-M Antonio Rugiero Diabetes Research Fund in his memory.
Anthony Rugiero said, "We wanted to keep our father's memory alive, and one way to do that is to support causes that our father believed in. We have a lot of respect for the University of Michgian and so did my father. He received wonderful care there late in his life and now we are giving back. The new University of Michigan diabetes research facility and what they are doing there is amazing. We are glad we can help, and I know my father would be, too."
Along with purchasing tickets to attend the event, playing Texas Hold'Em Poker, and bidding on silent auction items, supporters of diabetes research can also take advantage of sponsorship and advertising opportunities. The family’s hope is "to donate maximum funds to the University of Michigan and do all we can to find a cure for this disease."
Would-be gamblers and philanthropists may purchase advance event tickets for $75 and optional $100 tickets for the Texas Hold'Em Poker Tourney through PayPal from the links on our event web page.
Three lectures, longer hours for the 6th Annual U-M World Diabetes Day Health Fair on November 10For the past six years, the U-M Comprehensive Diabetes Center has hosted a Diabetes Health Fair to commemorate the United Nations' World Diabetes Day (WDD) and the American Diabetes Association's Diabetes Awareness Month. Each year, the event gets larger and more features are added. The 2012 U-M WDD Health Fair, which takes place on Saturday, November 10 at the Sheraton Ann Arbor Hotel, is continuing that trend!
Once again, the University of Michigan's MedEquip division is our main sponsor. Patients can order their diabetes supplies, wheelchairs, and much more from MedEquip by calling toll-free: 800-530-0714.
In a response to attendees' requests on last year's surveys, this year's WDD Health Fair will be four hours long (9:00 a.m. to 1:00 p.m.) — giving attendees an extra hour to visit exhibit booths and get free health screenings.
Along with the screenings for kidney function (urine), Hb A1c and blood sugar, blood pressure, cholesterol (non-fasting LDL and total cholesterol), obesity risk (waist/hip ratios and height & weight for Body Mass Index), and foot checks (for people with diabetes only), we will add a special eye screenings for diabetic retinopathy (for people with diabetes only). All screenings are first-come, first-served, as long as time and supplies permit. A number system will be used in the waiting area for each screening.
There will still be three lectures, which was noted as a popular feature on the 2011 surveys. There will be a half hour between each lecture. Here are the lecture details: