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    Diabetics can still enjoy Thanksgiving … with a few precautions

Diabetics can still enjoy Thanksgiving … with a few precautions

‘Tis the season for overeating.
And the biggest threat for most at the eat-a-palooza called Thanksgiving is to our waistline with rolls, stuffing and mashed potatoes ready to derail our diets and permanently affix themselves to our bodies in the form of fat.
But for those with diabetes, carbs and excessive calories become landmines threatening to blow out their blood sugar, leading to potentially serious consequences to their health.
“Definitely if your blood sugar is high one time, it’s not going to be that big of a deal, but the idea is over a long time period if your sugar is high, then you can get into complications like heart disease, neuropathy, kidney disease,” said Shannon Weston, a registered dietician at the University of Texas Health Services in Houston.
David Jones, a hospice chaplain and father of teenage boys in Anniston, AL, was diagnosed with diabetes around nine years ago.
“My mom was diabetic and everybody in her family has been diabetic, so it was kind of like ‘When’s it going to happen?’ And it did,” Jones said.
From what they put on their plates at mealtimes to what they buy at the grocery store and keep the pantry and even where they go out to eat, “It affects the whole family and how you look at food.”
Jones says he’s eaten “a lot of salads” in the last month to get his blood sugar on track. But it’s also helped him develop a strategy to keep his health in check ahead of the holidays.
“I’ve got my mind set, going into the holidays, I’m probably going to eat things I shouldn’t, but I’m going to keep my portions under control,” he said.
“I’m looking at Thanksgiving as a day where I’ll eat […]

Nurse Killed at Good Shepherd Medical Center, Longview Tx

It happened around 7 a.m. Tuesday morning at Good Shepherd Medical Center.
According to KYTX, the stabbing happened in the ambulatory building which is across the street from the hospital. During a press conference, Good Shepherd Medical Center CEO Steve Atmiller said that one employee, a nurse, had died as a result of the stabbing, one person is in critical condition and three visitors are in good condition. Family members confirm that the nurse who was killed during a stabbing at Good Shepherd Medical Center in Longview, Texas is identified as Gail Sandidge. .
Police say that the suspect is in custody but his name is not being released at this time.
Steve Altmiller, President and Chief Executive Officer of Good Shepherd Health System issued the following statement:
“The Good Shepherd family tragically lost a member of our team this morning. At approximately 7 a.m., there was a stabbing incident that occurred at our Ambulatory Surgical Center located across the street from the main Medical Center that injured two employees and three visitors. At this time, of the remaining patients, one is in critical condition and three are in good condition. The Longview Police are currently investigating the incident.
All victims were taken to the emergency center for assement and treatment. This was an isolated incident that was diligently handled by the Longview Police Department and our Good Shepherd response team.
We are unable to answer any additional questions until the police complete their investigation. 
Our thoughts and prayers are with the families of those affected and our team who responded to today’s events.”