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October 2012

Continuing the Glucose Revolution

When I became a type 2 diabetic, I wanted to find a way to manage my weight and blood sugar with diet and exercise. I tried the high carb diet recommended by my doctor and dietitian for a time. It worked wonderfully well while my blood sugar level was high, but when my blood sugar stabilized and I was able to go off medication, I started gaining weight again. The next thing I tried was low carbohydrate dieting. I found it to be a very effective way to lose weight rapidly, but I was unable to endure the regimen for more than a short time.

comments 6 comments - Posted Oct 2, 2012

April 2012

Summer Eating Tips for People With Diabetes

As we approach the summer season, our thoughts turn to barbecues, picnics, amusement parks, and road trips to the beach.  It is a season of fun, but it can be hard for people with diabetes to enjoy the festivities and still maintain healthy eating habits.

comments 0 comments - Posted Apr 23, 2012

Kale Chip Recipe

1 large bunch (about 1 1/4 pounds) kale, stems and center ribs discarded, leaves roughly torn
2 sheets nori, cut into 1-by-2-inch strips
1/4 cup Roasted Garlic Oil* (see below)
1 teaspoon coarse sea salt
1/2 teaspoon freshly ground black pepper
Grated zest of 1 lemon

comments 1 comment - Posted Apr 6, 2012

August 2011

Color Pictures of the 10 Worst Foods for People With Diabetes!

Our office manager sent us this link to a site with beautiful color photos of 10 foods that people with diabetes should avoid.

comments 1 comment - Posted Aug 9, 2011

April 2011

European Researchers Say Mediterranean Diet Lowers Risk of Metabolic Syndrome

Italian and Greek researchers conducting a meta-analysis* of the diets of more than 500,000 people have concluded that the Mediterranean diet reduces the risk of metabolic syndrome, a cluster of risk factors that are common precursors to type 2 diabetes. Those factors include overweight or obesity, a sedentary lifestyle, high blood sugar, high triglyceride levels, high blood pressure, and high "bad" cholesterol.
The Mediterranean diet is high in fruit, vegetables, whole grain foods, and low-fat dairy products. Proteins include fish, legumes, poultry, tree nuts, and mono-unsaturated fatty acids from olive oil. Alcohol intake is moderate and almost always in conjunction with meals. Red meat is only an occasional menu item.
The scientists looked at 50 studies that involved more than 500,000 people, then extrapolated the effects of a Mediterranean diet from them. Although the meta-analysis pointed to the usefulness of the Mediterranean diet in fending off metabolic syndrome, its authors said that their conclusion is tentative, given the need for more research on the topic.
The study was published in the March 15 issue of the Journal of the American College of Cardiology.
* A meta-analysis looks at a number of similar studies and tries to derive new and useful results from them by detecting common patterns among them.

comments 0 comments - Posted Apr 12, 2011

February 2010

Dreamfields Pasta Wants to Know: Who's Your 'DFF'?

Many of us have a "BFF" (Best Friend Forever), but people with diabetes or pre-diabetes need a BFF who understands the importance of maintaining a healthy diabetic lifestyle -- a "DFF" (Diabetes Friend Forever). To honor these unsung heroes, Dreamfields Pasta is launching a first-of-its-kind contest to pay tribute to the special people who help make living with diabetes a manageable experience.

comments 2 comments - Posted Feb 6, 2010

December 2009

Joy and Jolly: Making Your Holiday Less Stressful

‘Tis the season to be jolly? The most wonderful time of the year? Joy to the world? Between Black Friday, meal preparations, decorating, dealing with clashing family members, and party after party, the holiday season can be one of the most stressful times of the year. The joy and jolly that we sing about in Christmas carols hardly resonates in our lives as we prepare for and then attempt to survive the stress of the holidays.

comments 3 comments - Posted Dec 17, 2009

Sugar Plum Dreams

The dictionary defines a sugar plum as a small round or oval piece of sugary candy. But for most of us, visions of sugar plums dancing in our heads conjures up a far vaster array of sweet holiday treats. From cakes, cookies, and pies, to sugar-laced seasonal beverages, and yes, plenty of sweet confections, the holiday season is arguably the sweetest time of the year - and the most difficult when one is trying to keep carbohydrates and calories in check.

comments 0 comments - Posted Dec 15, 2009

September 2009

Mediterranean Diet May Help Type 2s Avert Medication, Weight Gain, and Heart Risks

An Italian study of people with type 2 diabetes has found that 70 percent of those who followed a low-fat diet eventually needed diabetes drugs, as opposed to only 44 percent of those who ate a Mediterranean diet.

comments 4 comments - Posted Sep 14, 2009

June 2009

Broccoli Salad Recipe

This is a nice salad to serve with a summer barbecue. It also makes a wonderful addition to a summer picnic.  Double the recipe to serve more people.

comments 0 comments - Posted Jun 18, 2009

Bobotie (Meat Loaf) recipe

Introduced to South Africa by the Cape Malays, this Indonesian curried meat loaf is to South Africa what Moussaka is to Greece and Lasagne is to Italy.  Traditionally, Bobotie is served with yellow rice (add turmeric), chutney and banana slices dipped in milk.  This is a tasty meat loaf to pack in the cooler for a summer picnic.

comments 0 comments - Posted Jun 16, 2009

March 2009

Amy’s Kitchen Scores with Natural Frozen Entrees and More

Amy's Kitchen is a remarkable natural frozen food company located in Petaluma, California, just 30 miles north of the Diabetes Health offices. The company was founded in 1987 by Rachel and Andy Berliner, who named it after their young daughter Amy. They started on the proverbial "shoestring" budget, working out of their house and using their barn as headquarters. 

comments 1 comment - Posted Mar 20, 2009

Who Woulda Thought? Eat Fewer Calories, Lose Weight

The old joke has a man going to the doctor and saying, "It hurts when I do this. What should I do to make it go away?" 

comments 6 comments - Posted Mar 12, 2009

Gene Discovery May Tell Why Some Gain Weight and Others Don’t on High-Fat Diets

Chances are that you know somebody who can pack away the highest-fat foods-marbled steak, cheese, butter, and ice cream-and never gain weight. If you've always shrugged it off and said, "It must be genetic," it turns out that you may be right.

comments 2 comments - Posted Mar 5, 2009

January 2009

Physical Activity Doesn’t Reduce Obesity On Its Own

Current thinking has it that obese people are obese because they engage in less physical activity and burn fewer calories than their thinner counterparts. But suppose you could show that obese women burn just as many calories as their thinner, supposedly fitter counterparts?

comments 0 comments - Posted Jan 21, 2009

Synthetic “Good” Cholesterol Has Gold At Its Core

Scientists at Northwestern University in Evanston, Illinois, have developed a synthetic version of high-density lipoprotein (HDL), the "good" cholesterol that doctors are always nudging their patients with diabetes to monitor.

comments 0 comments - Posted Jan 20, 2009

December 2008

Study Suggests That Losing Weight, Not a Low-Fat Diet, Reduces Post-Menopausal Women’s Risk of Type 2

Post-menopausal women hoping to avert type 2 diabetes stand a better chance of success if they rely on losing weight rather than on a low-fat diet, according to results of a 12-year study conducted by the Fred Hutchison Cancer Research Center in Seattle. 

comments 3 comments - Posted Dec 29, 2008

Incidence of Diabetes in Postmenopausal Women Not Reduced By a Low-fat Diet

Next week we'll publish a great article written by Dr. Richard Bernstein. MD. Dr. Bernstein is a long-term proponent of paying more attention to carbs rather than fats (though he certainly doesn't advocate that you can have all the fats you want!) While Dr. Bernstein has been telling us about the benefits of low carb for over 30 years, there is still much skepticism about his (and many other's-Gary Taubes, anyone?) low carb results. The establishment has been slow to be convinced, despite the many research trials that back up their findings.

comments 6 comments - Posted Dec 2, 2008

November 2008

Facing the (Food and Fitness) Facts: 11 Myth-Busters to Help You Take Charge of the One Thing You Can Control These Days

No doubt about it: Most of us have never felt less in control of our destinies. The stock market is bottoming out and no one knows what to do about it. Jobs are down, food prices are up, and who knows what's going on with gas. To make things even more expensive, the holidays are upon us. Mix all these factors together, and you have a recipe for runaway stress and anxiety. But there is one thing you can control: your body weight. That's right. Now is the time to get fit, lose any extra pounds that might be hanging around, and develop the habits that will keep your weight at a healthful level over the long term. 

comments 1 comment - Posted Nov 24, 2008

New Product Alert: Clemmy’s Sugar-Free Ice Cream
New Product Alert: Clemmy’s Sugar-Free Ice Cream

It's National Diabetes Month! Why not reward yourself for all that work you've done educating yourself about diabetes, all that time you've watched your diet, and all that time you've spent exercising? Have yourself a little sugar-free ice cream!

comments 8 comments - Posted Nov 10, 2008

September 2008

Interesting Tangential Research on High Cholesterol Levels in Children
Interesting Tangential Research on High Cholesterol Levels in Children

Elevated cholesterol levels return to normal or near normal levels over time in four out of ten children with uncontrollable epilepsy treated with a high-fat ketogenic diet, according to results of a Johns Hopkins Children's Center study reported in the Journal of Child Neurology.

comments 0 comments - Posted Sep 11, 2008

August 2008

Report From the AADE: In the Convention Center with Diabetes Educators
Report From the AADE: In the Convention Center with Diabetes Educators

The members of the AADE are an impassioned group who genuinely want to make a difference in their patients' lives. It was an ideal place for me to be, especially because I had a concern of my own: Why am I getting red dots every time I inject? Every educator I asked went right to work examining the problem and investigating my behavior, truly wanting to help. Unfortunately, they are dwindling in number each year, while patients are increasing in number, making their work ever more demanding.

comments 4 comments - Posted Aug 21, 2008

Going Vegan Might Be Easier Than You Think
Going Vegan Might Be Easier Than You Think

Do you want to lose weight and improve your blood glucose levels? Do you want to do it without having to weigh your portions and count your calories? Try a low-fat vegan diet. A vegan diet is one with no animal products: no fish, no eggs, no dairy, and, of course, no meat.

comments 22 comments - Posted Aug 15, 2008

July 2008

Trans Fat Diets Might Not Contribute to Insulin Sensitivity, say French Researchers

Although trans fats are the new bad boys of the nutritional and cardiovascular worlds, they don’t seem to have any effect on insulin resistance in lab rats.

comments 1 comment - Posted Jul 17, 2008

Children’s Nutrition and Fitness Education Program Scores

WakeMed Health & Hospitals Children’s Diabetes ENERGIZE! program has won the coveted NOVA Award from the American Hospital Association (AHA).

comments 0 comments - Posted Jul 17, 2008

June 2008

EatSmart Scale Lives Up to Its Name
EatSmart Scale Lives Up to Its Name

When you have diabetes, you make the acquaintance of a lot of high-tech tools to help you manage it: monitors, meters and pumps. One very handy tool that sometimes gets overlooked is a digital scale for weighing and analyzing the nutritional content of food.

comments 1 comment - Posted Jun 19, 2008

May 2008

Sweeter (and Better) Than Sugar? Two doctors take a close look at artificial sweeteners
Sweeter (and Better) Than Sugar? Two doctors take a close look at artificial sweeteners

Most people are aware of the health hazards that come with sugar consumption. Still, sugar restriction is difficult for our generation, which has developed a strong sweet tooth. However, for those who want to or must limit sugar, there is an extensive variety of sugar substitutes on the market.

comments 22 comments - Posted May 1, 2008

March 2008

A New Paradigm for Eating Foods With a Low Glycemic Impact

What is the secret of effective weight management? When a person develops type 2 diabetes, this is a critical question. Losing weight is one of the most successful ways of dealing with this disorder. This is the challenge that I faced when I diagnosed as diabetic about 15 years ago. 

comments 2 comments - Posted Mar 7, 2008

February 2008

Study Says Diet High in Whole Grains Lowers Risk of Diabetes, Cardio Disease

The debate between low-carb and low-fat diet advocates took a dramatic turn in January with the American Diabetes Association's limited approval of low-carb diets as weight-loss aids. Momentum seemed to have shifted to low-carb proponents.

comments 14 comments - Posted Feb 13, 2008

April 2007

JAMA Study Compares the Big Four in Diets
JAMA Study Compares the Big Four in Diets

Constant controversy swirls about which kind of weight-loss diet works best, but there is precious little scientific evidence comparing one diet to another. To provide some real diet data, a recent Journal of the American Medical Association (JAMA) study pitted the Atkins, Zone, LEARN, and Ornish diets against each other in a year-long head-to-head study.

comments 0 comments - Posted Apr 26, 2007

Carb Controversy: Tackled From Both Sides.
Carb Controversy: Tackled From Both Sides.

If food groups were sporting leagues, carbs would be the NFL. You've got your low carb teams, your high carb vegan teams, and your middling carb teams—and each team believes that truth is on its side.

comments 0 comments - Posted Apr 24, 2007

Why Eating Too Many Carbs Makes You Fat
Why Eating Too Many Carbs Makes You Fat

Carbs and carbs alone, not fat, increase body weight. It doesn't matter whether the carbs are from sugar, bread, fruit, or vegetables: They’re all rapidly digested and quickly converted to blood glucose.  A short time after a carb-rich meal, the glucose in your bloodstream rises rapidly, and your pancreas produces a large amount of insulin to take the excess glucose out.

comments 26 comments - Posted Apr 24, 2007

Why the Vegan Diet is Best
Why the Vegan Diet is Best

Remember the big picture: Populations that stick to traditional high-carbohydrate diets (for example, Asian rice-based diets) typically have low rates of obesity and diabetes. When they abandon traditional rice-based diets in favor of meatier Western fare, carbohydrate intake falls, but weight problems and diabetes increase.

comments 4 comments - Posted Apr 24, 2007

Why the Low Carb Diet is Best
Why the Low Carb Diet is Best

When I developed diabetes in 1946, physicians thought that the high illness and death rate of diabetics was due to dietary fat and the supposedly resultant elevation of serum cholesterol. Since the DCCT trial, the scientific literature overwhelmingly supports the role of elevated blood sugar in all long-term diabetic complications.

comments 2 comments - Posted Apr 24, 2007

Why You Don't Want to Go Low Carb or Vegan
Why You Don't Want to Go Low Carb or Vegan

Let’s be realistic and take a long-term perspective in this “which diet is best” debate, rather than wasting time quibbling over extremes—from low-carb to vegan. You’ll have type 2 diabetes for the rest of your life, and you’ll likely struggle with weight management throughout your life as well. The major challenge in weight loss, and even more so in weight maintenance, is long-term adherence.

comments 13 comments - Posted Apr 24, 2007

A Fool For Sugarless Condiments
A Fool For Sugarless Condiments

Caramel Sin, Inc., has concocted a line of condiments called Fools, natural fruit-based spreads and relishes with no added sweeteners of any sort.  They were created by a foodie/filmmaker who’s found fans for his Fools among Hollywood’s finest.

comments 0 comments - Posted Apr 23, 2007

October 2006

Vegan Diet Lowers BGs and Lipids in Type 2s
Vegan Diet Lowers BGs and Lipids in Type 2s

A low-fat vegan diet was found to improve blood glucose and lipid control in type 2 diabetics, according to researchers at George Washington University School of Medicine.

comments 0 comments - Posted Oct 1, 2006

March 2006

Low Fat, Low Carb or Low Cal?
Low Fat, Low Carb or Low Cal?

People are constantly being told that the only way to lose weight or maintain a healthy weight is to control calorie intake. It does not matter so much where the calories come from as long as one is eating less and burning more. Is this true? It is to some extent, but not completely.

comments 1 comment - Posted Mar 1, 2006

July 2005

New Pyramid Unveiled
New Pyramid Unveiled

On April 19, 2005, the USDA Food Guide Pyramid was given a facelift for the first time in 13 years.

comments 0 comments - Posted Jul 1, 2005

January 2002

Warning to Dieters

High-protein diets that cut back on fruits, vegetables and carbohydrates put you at risk for multiple diseases and won't help you lose weight, according to the American Heart Association (AHA).

comments 1 comment - Posted Jan 1, 2002

September 2001

The Many Benefits of the Glycemic Index

The glycemic index (GI) may not be a leading economic indicator, but it is a leading diabetes indicator. Knowing whether the GI of a food is high or low can be a great aid in the quest for control.

comments 0 comments - Posted Sep 1, 2001

July 1999

Five Helps You Stay Alive - Advice on Getting At Least Five Fruits and Vegetables Per Day

You need more than an apple a day. Nearly every health expert agrees that you need at least five servings of fruits and vegetables per day. This is the way to better general health, normal weight and a good supply of antioxidants. But, unless you're one of the few who actually get five a day, it may require some effort on your part. To help make it easier, here are some tips from experts in diabetes and nutrition.

comments 0 comments - Posted Jul 1, 1999

June 1999

Sleep Tight, and Don't Let the BGs Bite

The trick to a bedtime snack is to eat just enough to sustain blood sugar while not overeating.

comments 0 comments - Posted Jun 1, 1999

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