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Panama City, Fla. -

It was once believed that diabetics couldn't have sweets, candies or cookies at all.  Bay Medical Diabetes Center Coordinator Jo Colville says that's not necessarily true.  She says it is about balance.    

Colville says, "One of the caveat signs of having an elevated blood sugar is not feeling well, and one of the things you don't want to do is not feel well during the holidays."

She says balancing your carbohydrate intake over the course of the day is key.

"The first thing you want to do is eat all your meals," Colville recommends.  "Don't skip breakfast and lunch because you're going to a party later that evening."

If you do go to a party, she recommends eating small amounts.  For example, get only a teaspoon of everything you want to try and don't go back for seconds.

Colville also recommends avoiding "vegetables that are in sauces or butters or creams.  It adds huge amounts of calories on it."

If you do overindulge, Colville says not to dwell on it, but just take action.

"After you've overindulged, take a walk with your family.  Good family time and the exercise will help lower your blood sugars, but also burn off those extra calories you ate," said Colville.

Even if you don't have diabetes, these are tips you can use.

Colville says one of the main reasons diabetes is on the rise is because of the increasing rate of obesity in our country.