By Doctor Machelle Seibel – HouseCall®

The holiday season is a wonderful time of year. Families get together, celebrate and share meals. But it’s also a time that many people overeat, gain weight, and put themselves at increased risk for diabetes.


According to the New England Journal of Medicine, weight gained over the holidays is typically not lost. And those who are overweight to begin with often gain five pounds or more during the holiday season. The holiday season appears to be one of the major reasons people gain weight in midlife.

By 2020 it’s estimated that half of United States citizens will either be diabetic or have pre diabetes. In Canada there are 2.6 million people with diabetes and 6 million more with pre diabetes. 366 million people in the world have diabetes now and diabetes is killing someone in the world every 7 seconds.

Diabetes leads to many health problems. It’s caused when a person’s blood sugar levels are too high because their body does not make or cannot use insulin to keep blood sugar (glucose) levels in the normal range. The Hgb A1C is another blood test and it tells if a persons blood sugar levels have been elevated over the past 3 months. Do you have diabetes or pre diabetes (your fasting blood sugar or Hgb A1C level is higher than normal but not yet abnormal enough to be diagnosed as having diabetes)? If you find that you have pre diabetes, you can get your blood sugar back to normal just by changing your lifestyle. According to the American Diabetes Association, these are the symptoms of diabetes:

Type 1 Diabetes

· Frequent urination

· Unusual thirst

· Extreme hunger

· Unusual weight loss

· Extreme fatigue and Irritability

Type 2 Diabetes*

· Any of the type 1 symptoms

· Frequent infections

· Blurred vision

· Cuts/bruises that are slow to heal

· Tingling/numbness in the hands/feet

· Recurring skin, gum, or bladder infections

*Often people with type 2 diabetes have no symptoms

For many people, diabetes is preventable. Controlling your weight is one important way to prevent it. I’ve created this FREE educational music video to help you learn other ways to lower your risk. It’s 2 minutes long with lots of easy to remember information. Don’t let diabetes take control of you!

Machelle  Seibel, MD


It is a real pleasure to contribute a regular article to Families Online Magazine. Over the past 30 years I’ve had the privilege of providing care to over 10,000 women. I’ve helped them face their challenges, answered their questions, and heard the frustrations they deal with as they transition from their reproductive years to and through menopause.

As a result, my goal is to share the wisdom I’ve gained that applies directly to women’s health and menopause, or provide insights that can be of help with their families. Some articles will be on things that are ongoing health and wellness topics, and others will be comments or perspectives on important issues you notice in the news.

You will find my two most recent books helpful. They are Eat to Defeat Menopause and Save Your Life: What to do in a Medical Emergency. Click their titles now to learn more.

My websites are & There are many FREE downloads, songs, videos, eBooks and other useful content that I hope will help you stay well. My comments here aren’t intended to take the place of your healthcare provider. If you have a medical problem, be sure to ask your doctor.

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