Tips for Handling Holiday Health
The holidays are approaching, which means spending more time with family and friends–creating memories to last throughout the New Year. It is also when celebratory parties and get-togethers can challenge what may otherwise be healthy eating habits. Food and festivities often go hand-in-hand, but for the 28 million Americans living with type 2 diabetes, that doesn't mean having to avoid these social gatherings.
As someone who has lived with type 2 diabetes for more than 20 years, legendary actor James Earl Jones knows this well. He has partnered with Janssen Pharmaceuticals, Inc. to share his experiences and how he manages the holiday season while keeping the type 2 diabetes management plan he and his doctor set.
“Over the years, I’ve been in close contact with my doctor to create a type 2 diabetes management plan that was successful for me,” James Earl notes. James Earl’s doctor recommended INVOKANA® (canagliflozin) along with diet and exercise, which helped him lower his A1C and take control of his health. “Because of INVOKANA®, my doctor and I were happy, I got my A1C to 6.9 and I even lost some weight.” James Earl acknowledges that food will always be a major part of the holiday season, but shares he has learned there is a way to strike a balance between maintaining healthy habits for diabetes management and participating in the festivities.
James Earl shares his tips for managing type 2 diabetes noting “during the holiday season, I count on four tips to make sure I can make the most of the time with family and friends while keeping up with my type 2 diabetes management plan.” “After all, prioritizing health is a yearlong need,” he adds.
- Healthy Options: Let's be honest: Our favorite foods aren't always the healthiest options on the table. I try to just grab a sample-sized amount of my "must-have" items, then fill my plate with more nutritious options. It’s helpful to remember that at least half of your plate should be filled with non-starchy vegetables. [i]
- Ingredient Swaps: If you’re doing the cooking, add vegetables to soups, stews, and casseroles to add volume, texture, and flavor with very few additional calories.
- Fit in Exercise: Find a moment before or after meals to take a walk. I always like to take a team approach, and get family and friends outside after a meal and involved in exercise. It’s nice to take a walk or a hike in the woods.
- Monitor Blood Sugar: Lastly, keep a close eye on your blood sugar. If you feel like you splurged during a holiday meal, remember, tomorrow is a new day to get back on track!
INVOKANA® is a once-daily pill used along with diet and exercise to lower blood sugar in adults with type 2 diabetes. In most clinical trials, the majority of people taking INVOKANA® reached an A1C goal of less than 7.0, a goal recommended by the American Diabetes Association. INVOKANA® works with the kidneys to help adults with type 2 diabetes lose some sugar through the process of urination. In clinical trials, treatment was also shown to reduce body weight and systolic blood pressure, and was generally well tolerated. The most common side effects of INVOKANA® include genital yeast infections, urinary tract infection, and changes in urination.[ii] These specific adverse events were generally mild to moderate in intensity in Phase 3 studies.
Having holiday and New Year diabetes management goals is a great way to stay on track! INVOKANA® provides resources to help support healthy habits. These tools are designed to provide simple tips that can really make a difference:
- ICanImagine.com: Hear more from James Earl and receive diabetes management tips tailored to your unique leading role through a fun, interactive quiz.
- Setting Personal Goals Activity: Create a personalized goal-setting list to help make diabetes management goals, like reduced weight loss and blood pressure, easier! You can even share your goals and progress with your doctor at your next visit.
- Healthy Habits Tracker: This tracker can help you pay more attention to your blood sugar levels, which can help you successfully managing your type 2 diabetes! Keeping an eye on healthy habits can help you stay motivated.
With a little preparation, diabetes management and control can be seamless parts of your holiday season, which can help create a healthier new you in the New Year! Visit www.INVOKANA.com to find out more about these convenient free resources and head to ICanImagine.com to hear more from James Earl Jones.
WHAT IS INVOKANA®?
INVOKANA® is a prescription medicine used along with diet and exercise to lower blood sugar in adults with type 2 diabetes. INVOKANA® is not for people with type 1 diabetes or with diabetic ketoacidosis (increased ketones in blood or urine). It is not known if INVOKANA® is safe and effective in children under 18 years of age.
IMPORTANT SAFETY INFORMATION
INVOKANA® can cause important side effects, including:
- Dehydration. INVOKANA® can cause some people to become dehydrated (the loss of too much body water), which may cause you to feel dizzy, faint, lightheaded, or weak, especially when you stand up (orthostatic hypotension). You may be at higher risk of dehydration if you have low blood pressure, take medicines to lower your blood pressure (including diuretics [water pills]), are on a low sodium (salt) diet, have kidney problems, or are 65 years of age or older
- Vaginal yeast infection. Women who take INVOKANA® may get vaginal yeast infections. Symptoms include: vaginal odor, white or yellowish vaginal discharge (discharge may be lumpy or look like cottage cheese), or vaginal itching
- Yeast infection of the penis (balanitis or balanoposthitis). Men who take INVOKANA® may get a yeast infection of the skin around the penis. Symptoms include: redness, itching, or swelling of the penis; rash of the penis; foul-smelling discharge from the penis; or pain in the skin around penis
Talk to your doctor about what to do if you get symptoms of a yeast infection of the vagina or penis.
Do not take INVOKANA® if you:
- are allergic to canagliflozin or any of the ingredients in INVOKANA®. Symptoms of allergic reaction may include: rash; raised red patches on your skin (hives); or swelling of the face, lips, tongue, and throat that may cause difficulty in breathing or swallowing
- have severe kidney problems or are on dialysis
Before you take INVOKANA®, tell your doctor if you have kidney problems; liver problems; history of urinary tract infections or problems with urination; are on a low sodium (salt) diet; are going to have surgery; are eating less due to illness, surgery, or change in diet; pancreas problems; drink alcohol very often (or drink a lot of alcohol in short-term); ever had an allergic reaction to INVOKANA®; or have other medical conditions.
Tell your doctor if you are or plan to become pregnant, are breastfeeding, or plan to breastfeed. INVOKANA® may harm your unborn baby. If you become pregnant while taking INVOKANA®, tell your doctor right away. INVOKANA® may pass into your breast milk and may harm your baby. Do not breastfeed while taking INVOKANA®.
Tell your doctor about all the medicines you take, including prescription and non-prescription medicines, vitamins, and herbal supplements. Especially tell your doctor if you take diuretics (water pills), rifampin (used to treat or prevent tuberculosis), phenytoin or phenobarbital (used to control seizures), ritonavir (Norvir®, Kaletra® – used to treat HIV infection), or digoxin (Lanoxin®– used to treat heart problems).
Possible Side Effects of INVOKANA®
INVOKANA® may cause serious side effects, including:
- Ketoacidosis (increased ketones in your blood or urine). Ketoacidosis has happened in people who have type 1 or type 2 diabetes, during treatment with INVOKANA®. Ketoacidosis is a serious condition, which may need to be treated in a hospital. Ketoacidosis may lead to death. Ketoacidosis can happen with INVOKANA® even if your blood sugar is less than 250 mg/dL. Stop taking INVOKANA® and call your doctor right away if you get any of the following symptoms: nausea, vomiting, stomach-area pain, tiredness, or trouble breathing
- Kidney problems. Sudden kidney injury has happened to people taking INVOKANA®. Talk to your doctor right away if you: 1) reduce the amount of food or liquid you drink, if you are sick, or cannot eat or 2) you start to lose liquids from your body from vomiting, diarrhea, or being in the sun too long
- A high amount of potassium in your blood (hyperkalemia)
- Serious Urinary Tract Infections: may lead to hospitalization and have happened in people taking INVOKANA®. Tell your doctor if you have signs or symptoms of a urinary tract infection such as: burning feeling while urinating, need to urinate often or right away, pain in the lower part of your stomach (pelvis), or blood in the urine. Some people may also have high fever, back pain, nausea, or vomiting
- Low blood sugar (hypoglycemia). If you take INVOKANA® with another medicine that can cause low blood sugar, such as a sulfonylurea or insulin, your risk of getting low blood sugar is higher. The dose of your sulfonylurea medicine or insulin may need to be lowered while you take INVOKANA®
Signs and symptoms of low blood sugar may include: headache, drowsiness, weakness, dizziness, confusion, irritability, hunger, fast heartbeat, sweating, shaking, or feeling jittery.
Serious allergic reaction. If you have any symptoms of a serious allergic reaction, stop taking INVOKANA® and call your doctor right away or go to the nearest hospital emergency room.
Broken Bones (fractures): Bone fractures have been seen in patients taking INVOKANA®. Talk to your doctor about factors that may increase your risk of bone fracture.
The most common side effects of INVOKANA® include: vaginal yeast infections and yeast infections of the penis; changes in urination, including urgent need to urinate more often, in larger amounts, or at night.
Tell your doctor if you have any side effect that bothers you or that does not go away. Call your doctor for medical advice about side effects. You may report side effects to FDA at 1-800-FDA-1088. You may also report side effects to Janssen Scientific Affairs, LLC at 1-800-526-7736.
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[i] American Diabetes Association. Create Your Plate. September 2016. http://www.diabetes.org/food-and-fitness/food/planning-meals/create-your-plate/. Accessed November 17, 2016.
[ii] INVOKANA® [prescribing information]. Titusville, NJ: Janssen Pharmaceuticals, Inc.