Diabetes & Holiday Food Safety

woman cutting vegetablesWhether you’re preparing for a holiday dish or a holiday family reunion, safe food handling is important to keep in mind – particularly for those with diabetes.

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Diabetes can affect various organs and systems in the body, causing them not to function properly, leaving you more susceptible to infection. When your immune system is functioning properly it readily fights off harmful bacteria and other pathogens that can cause foodborne illness. With diabetes, your immune system may not readily recognize harmful bacteria or other pathogens. This delay in the body’s natural response to foreign invasion places a person with diabetes at increased risk for infection.

To avoid contracting a foodborne illness – also called food poisoning, you must be vigilant when handling, preparing, and consuming foods. Don’t let food poisoning spoil your holiday celebration. Follow these simple steps for planning, shopping, cooking and wrapping up the holiday feast.