I like my birthday less than I used to. Before a big meal, think carefully about how you will eat that day and write down some goals. It’s also important to trim the fat. “It’s been estimated that the average person with Type 2 diabetes has had it for five years before it’s diagnosed,” said Sanford Worthington Registered Nurse and Certified Diabetes Educator Mary Hesemann. from Cedars-Sinai Medical Center has some tips in this article to help you navigate those family meals and holiday parties. Here at American Diabetes Association, all of our greeting cards are created and designed just the way messages for business partners & family and friends should be – with thoughtfulness, care and genuine intention. Consider stopping at the grocery store as soon as you get there and stocking up on foods that you can eat, or pack a bag of your own food from home: low-fat or sugar-free condiments and baking ingredients, sugar-free treats, multi-grain bread, etc.