BANGOR- While families will gather together to give thanks and celebrate the holidays, there’s potential danger lurking behind every bite of Thanksgiving food.
When you think of Thanksgiving, you think of the good food or spending time with your family, but what goes unnoticed are the risks behind every forkful of mashed potatoes and turkey.
“The holidays, from a public health standpoint, they’re riskier from both a trauma standpoint and for medical problems,” Northern Light Eastern Maine Medical Center Chief Lead Physician Michael R. Melia.
He says the trauma cases increase during the holiday season primarily because people are drinking and driving.
But medically, pigging out at grand Thanksgiving dinners brings an influx of people who suffer from chronic health conditions to the hospital every year around the holiday season he said.
“Doing it just once, maybe even puts you at a higher risk because your medications are titrated to what your normal lifestyle is and if you just go out in one day and have a bunch more than what you normally have, your heart is not able to compensate for that,” Melia said.
He said the most important thing people who suffer from chronic problems like diabetes, gout, high blood pressure or congestive heart failure should do is maintain a healthy diet and not fully give in to the Thanksgiving temptations.
“Those recommendations that those providers or physicians are giving you, they don’t take a holiday off. So you can’t take a break from doing those things that are keeping you safe and keeping you healthy and so you have to make sure that you continue to do those things, day-in and day -out,” Melia said.