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December 2012

10 Weather and Lifestyle Tips for the Holidays

As the winter holidays approach, with their cold weather and abundant food temptations, Minnesota-based UnitedHealth Group is offering 10 simple tips people with diabetes and prediabetes should follow to help stay healthy.

comments 0 comments - Posted Dec 13, 2012

April 2012

Vitamin Deficiencies in People With Diabetes: the Supplements You Need

As an orthopedic surgeon, I have many patients with diabetes who tell me, "I can't have surgery because I won't heal." That is certainly not the case, however.  Diabetes does affect the small blood vessels and the function of immune cells when blood sugar is high, but with proper nutrition and blood sugar management, people with diabetes are very safe to undergo knee replacements, abdominal surgery, and many elective procedures.  

comments 1 comment - Posted Apr 28, 2012

May 2011

New App Shows Which Prescriptions Can Drain Nutrients

"Nutrient Depletions" is a new smart phone app that allows users to see which of their prescription medications may be draining nutrients from their body. The app, available at iTunes stores for $1.99, works on Apple's iPhone, iTouch, and iPad products.

comments 4 comments - Posted May 31, 2011

April 2011

Sanofi-Aventis Announces Blog, App, and Social Media Sites

France-based pharmaceutical manufacturer sanofi-aventis has announced the availability of several new media designed to help the company communicate with people who have diabetes.
• A blog, "Discuss Diabetes," offers health, nutrition, and lifestyle information, as well as a way to offer suggestions to the company. The blog is available at www.discussdiabetes.com.

comments 0 comments - Posted Apr 6, 2011

March 2011

The Nutrisystem D Plan for Safely Losing Weight With Diabetes

Weight loss can help people with type 2 diabetes control their blood sugar and avoid potential health risks associated with the disease.  Did you know that losing even seven percent of your body weight can lower blood sugar, reduce blood pressure, and improve cholesterol levels1?
  
"Consider diabetes as a disease that has different phases--with the central feature a disorder of insulin production and insulin use," said Roberta Anding, MS, RD/LD,CSSD,CDE. Anding is a clinical dietitian and certified diabetes educator at Baylor College of Medicine, as well as a national spokesperson for the American Dietetic Association.  "To better control and lose weight safely with type 2 diabetes, it is important to consider the type and amount of food on your plate."

comments 4 comments - Posted Mar 12, 2011

December 2010

Can a Fat Protect You From Type 2 Diabetes?

For those trying to eat a healthy diet, whole-fat dairy and trans fats are usually not on the menu - at least, not yet. Scientists have narrowed in on a trans fat component found mainly in dairy fat that may ward off type 2 diabetes and protect cardiovascular health. While the research is far from conclusive and requires much further study, it suggests fats may play a more complex role in human health than previously thought.

comments 2 comments - Posted Dec 24, 2010

New Facebook Game Aims to Stem Type 2 Diabetes Among Latinos

An estimated two million Latinos in the United States have type 2 diabetes, a full 10 percent of the Latino population. Facebook, the fourth most popular Internet site among Latinos, reaches nearly 45 percent of the Latino population that goes online.  Put those two facts together, and you have the audience for a new online game, HealthSeekerTM Explorando tu Salud, Paso a Paso ("Exploring Your Health, Step by Step").

comments 0 comments - Posted Dec 2, 2010

October 2010

Weight Watchers and Merck Collaborate to Help Physicians Fight Obesity Through Lifestyle Management Approach

Weight Watchers International, Inc., the world's leading provider of weight management services, and Merck, a global healthcare leader, announced today an innovative collaboration focused on fighting obesity.  The two companies will launch an initiative in which Merck will provide physicians and other health care providers with educational information about the Weight Watchers® program and its underlying clinical evidence to assist doctors in addressing the ongoing weight management needs of their patients. 

comments 0 comments - Posted Oct 21, 2010

September 2010

The Scarlet 'D'

Do you ever wish you could leave your diabetes at home?  Maybe you're at a holiday party, chit chatting with your buds gathered around the bar enjoying an adult beverage (or two), maybe grazing at the table of cookies, cakes and other tempting morsels.  "Oh, I think I'll try one of those.  Maybe one of those too.  I didn't bring my diabetes with me, so I don't have to think about it tonight."  Diabetes is not last year's outfit you can leave at home, or a bad relationship you can dump and move on.  It is more like a tattoo.  It goes everywhere with you.

comments 0 comments - Posted Sep 24, 2010

August 2010

The Fruit Factor

In the early days after my type 1 diabetes diagnosis, I sentenced a lot of foods to what I came to think of as my personal DO-NOT-EAT list, often with only slight provocation.

comments 1 comment - Posted Aug 25, 2010

July 2010

Coconut Oil Could Reduce The Symptoms Of Type 2 Diabetes

A diet including coconut oil, a medium chain fatty acid (MCFA), helps combat insulin resistance. Insulin resistance is the inability of cells to respond to insulin and take in glucose for energy. The pancreas tries to compensate for insulin resistance by producing even more insulin, but eventually glucose accumulates in the bloodstream. Over time, insulin resistance and obesity can lead to pre-diabetes or full-blown type 2 diabetes. 

comments 0 comments - Posted Jul 1, 2010

June 2010

Medifast: Healthy Weight Loss for Type 2 Diabetes?

There are so many weight loss programs out there, sometimes it is hard just to keep track of them, let alone choose one that will work. Add in the factor of diabetes, and the path to weight loss becomes harder to navigate and often contains land mines that we never even knew existed.

comments 0 comments - Posted Jun 15, 2010

Blue Cross and Blue Shield Expand Pediatric Partnership to Combat Childhood Obesity

WASHINGTON - In collaboration with Blue Cross and Blue Shield companies, the Blue Cross and Blue Shield Association (BCBSA) launched the Good Health ClubSM Physician Toolkit - unique educational materials designed to foster better communication between pediatricians and their patients on childhood obesity and diabetes prevention.  The toolkit will be available to pediatricians in communities across the country.

comments 0 comments - Posted Jun 11, 2010

Meat Preservatives, Not Meats Themselves, May Increase the Risk for Diabetes

Over the past few decades, some medical researchers have pointed the finger at meat consumption as a major factor in the development of heart disease and diabetes. However, a meta-analysis conducted by the Harvard School of Medical Health has concluded that it may be the salt and chemical preservatives used in processed meats that lead to health problems, not the meats themselves.

comments 0 comments - Posted Jun 5, 2010

February 2010

Embracing a New Diet: Vegetarianism

For as long as I can remember, I have disliked meat.  I believe it started with my sensitive gag reflex as a child.  I could hardly chew and swallow pork chops, pineapple, or anything else that didn't go down easily. In high school I became best friends with a girl who didn't eat meat.  It seemed like a really cool lifestyle, so I joined ranks with her.  Instead of eating meat, we consumed french fries, fruit punch, and snack cakes.  This became our definition of vegetarianism. Then, during my junior year of high school, my doctor informed me that my chronic low blood sugars might be improved by more protein consumption, so I forced myself back into the life of a carnivore, not knowing then that protein consumption didn't have to equal a slab of meat at every meal. 

comments 7 comments - Posted Feb 20, 2010

Handing down the Genes. Part 3 (of 3)

This is the third - and final - installment of our three-part series "Handing Down the Genes."  Part III: "Nutrition and Exercise Tips"

comments 1 comment - Posted Feb 19, 2010

Handing Down the Genes. Part 2 (of 3)

This is the second installment of our three-part series "Handing Down the Genes."  Part II: "Preventing Type 2 in Children"

comments 1 comment - Posted Feb 13, 2010

Handing Down the Genes. Part 1 (of 3)

This is the beginning of our three part series "Handing Down the Genes."  Part I: "When to Worry-and When Not to-About Your Child's Increased Risk for Diabetes."

comments 3 comments - Posted Feb 4, 2010

January 2010

Ten Tips For Baking Wisely

I have a long-standing obsession with baking. The art of creating cookies, bars, pies, and cakes got me through some of the most stressful times in my life, including holidays, college final exams, and a new job.  After I was diagnosed with type 1 diabetes at the age of twenty-four, however, I learned that my traditional ingredients, including white flour, sugar, and excessive amounts of chocolate, lead to high blood sugars and of course, fatigue, fogginess, and other undesirable side effects. 

comments 15 comments - Posted Jan 26, 2010

Skillet Chicken Parmesan

Although my boys love to order Chicken Parmesan when we dine out, the health content is always a concern - especially because it usually arrives thickly breaded, deeply fried, smothered in cheese, and served on a mountain of spaghetti. Here's a terrific and easy stove-top recipe that's filled with all of the same great flavors, but none of the excess fat and carbs.

comments 0 comments - Posted Jan 20, 2010

A Tasty Look into Marlene’s Delicious Life

Bestselling cookbook author and nutritionist Marlene Koch (pronounced, serendipitously, "cook") has been dubbed a "magician in the kitchen" when it comes to creating great-tasting, healthy recipes that everyone can enjoy, including those with diabetes!  

comments 1 comment - Posted Jan 20, 2010

December 2009

Tasty Tips and Tricks from Marlene

According to Marlene, finding the perfect mix of ingredients is key when creating healthier versions of your favorite foods. From composing a healthier sandwich to perfecting pasta dishes and creating delightful desserts, Marlene reveals some of her tastiest ingredient tips:

comments 1 comment - Posted Dec 31, 2009

November 2009

New GoMeals

Bridgewater, NJ, November 19, 2009 - Sanofi-aventis U.S. announced today that GoMealsTM, a new iPhone application (app) designed to help people living with diabetes make healthy food choices, is now available for download at the iTunes App store.  GoMealsTM is a food tracking tool which allows users to search thousands of foods and dishes from popular restaurants and grocery stores to easily see the nutritional content of meals and snacks.

comments 0 comments - Posted Nov 20, 2009

March 2009

Diabulimia: What It Is and How To Treat It

A few years ago a young man named Jeff came into my office seeking help to lose weight.  He was 5'10" tall and weighed 130 pounds. Jeff denied starving himself, denied making himself throw up, and denied over-exercising. I tried to convince him that he was actually 30 pounds underweight. As I looked for the most effective ways of motivating him to restore his health, he brought up the fact that he had type 1 diabetes.  Jeff said that he rarely gave himself insulin and that he had "diabulimia." I had never heard of diabulimia and had no idea what I was dealing with. I gave him a list of clinicians and asked him to call me back after he made appointments with an endocrinologist and a psychotherapist.

comments 13 comments - Posted Mar 3, 2009

January 2009

Unhealthy Weight Loss Methods Tempt Teens With Diabetes

About half of young people who have diabetes report having tried to lose weight at one time or another, says a Kaiser Permanente Southern California study reported in the December 2008 issue of Diabetes Care

comments 4 comments - Posted Jan 6, 2009

December 2008

Hope for Healthy Hearts, Women Have the Power to Lessen Risk

Many people think of heart disease as something that mostly afflicts men. But heart disease actually kills more women in the United States than anything else, according to the National Heart, Lung and Blood Institute. And diabetes plays a stronger role in risk for heart disease in women than it does in men.

comments 1 comment - Posted Dec 15, 2008

Holiday Eating
Holiday Eating

Sometimes happy holiday dreams and dazzling parties turn into nightmares of stressful schedules, impulse eating and battered blood glucose. Whether you celebrate Christmas, Hanukkah or the winter solstice, bountiful food and holiday stress can affect your festive mood and your health.

comments 2 comments - Posted Dec 10, 2008

A CDE’s Tips for Surviving the Holidays if You Have Diabetes
A CDE’s Tips for Surviving the Holidays if You Have Diabetes

Are you ready to celebrate the holidays? How many festivities are on your calendar this season? It’s time to navigate the minefield of situations that can throw your diabetes off course and send a joyous occasion into the dumps.

comments 0 comments - Posted Dec 10, 2008

Are You an Athlete with Diabetes? Then You Need This Book! (Part 2)

Last week we published an excerpt from Chapter 4 of Sheri Colberg's revised, updated, and expanded version of her 2001 book, Diabetic Athlete's Handbook: Your Guide to Peak Performance. Dr. Colberg has a PhD in exercise physiology, is a Diabetes Health board member, and is herself an athlete with diabetes. Her book draws upon the experiences of hundreds of athletes with diabetes to provide the best advice for exercisers with diabetes, either type 1 or type 2.

comments 0 comments - Posted Dec 2, 2008

November 2008

How Do I Know When I Should See a Registered Dietitian?
How Do I Know When I Should See a Registered Dietitian?

The ADA has a new book out, called What to Expect When You Have Diabetes: 170 Tips for Living Well With Diabetes.

comments 1 comment - Posted Nov 10, 2008

October 2008

Living with Diabetes: Ryan Clauson Thrives
Living with Diabetes: Ryan Clauson Thrives

I have had type 1 diabetes for 16 years and, after a long path with many ups and downs, I have finally achieved optimal diabetic health. I have discovered the special lifestyle and diet mix that works and have brought my A1c from 11.4% to 5.2% while increasing my energy and overall health. I'm an elite athlete who plays professional ice hockey, and I currently run marathons. 

comments 19 comments - Posted Oct 27, 2008

September 2008

Making Time for Breakfast
Making Time for Breakfast

Many people know that it is beneficial to eat your morning meal, but it can be challenging for many reasons. Breakfast is not the meal to miss, especially when you feel stressed, since it can set the mood for the entire day. The truth is that what you eat for breakfast may be more important than if you eat breakfast at all.

comments 6 comments - Posted Sep 22, 2008

August 2008

The Dangers of High Fructose Corn Syrup
The Dangers of High Fructose Corn Syrup

You know how important it is to control the sugar and carbohydrates in your diet. So you read food labels and listen to your body cues to make sure you’re getting what you need to stay healthy.

comments 52 comments - Posted Aug 20, 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 14, 2008

BBC Gets It Wrong About Broccoli’s Curative Abilities
BBC Gets It Wrong About Broccoli’s Curative Abilities

A recent story put out by the British Broadcasting Corporation proclaimed that eating broccoli could reverse the damage to heart blood vessels caused by diabetes.

comments 2 comments - Posted Aug 14, 2008

July 2008

Type 2 Diabetes: Is Carb Counting Unnecessary?
Type 2 Diabetes: Is Carb Counting Unnecessary?

You’ve got type 2 diabetes. A few years ago, you started using a long-acting insulin once a day, and your fasting glucose levels and your A1c came down. But now your A1c is creeping back up. Your doctor tells you that you need to add a mealtime insulin to your plan.

comments 2 comments - Posted Jul 31, 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

Metformin May Aid in Weight Loss for Obese Pre-Diabetic Teen Girls
Metformin May Aid in Weight Loss for Obese Pre-Diabetic Teen Girls

Metformin, combined with dietary changes and exercise, seems to help obese pre-diabetic adolescents, especially girls, lose weight, says a report in the June 2008 Journal of Pediatrics.

comments 8 comments - Posted Jul 10, 2008

When It Came to Eating Right, Did Hunter Gatherers Have the Right Stuff?
When It Came to Eating Right, Did Hunter Gatherers Have the Right Stuff?

Yes, they lacked indoor plumbing, permanent settlements and elevated manners when it came to eating, but our hunter-gatherer ancestors may have eaten a diet that can help modern people combat metabolic syndrome and even type 2 diabetes.

comments 7 comments - Posted Jul 3, 2008

June 2008

Sugar and Diabetes: The Myth That Won't Die
Sugar and Diabetes: The Myth That Won't Die

Years ago, John Bantle, MD, gave brownies to people with diabetes. Brownies made with real sugar. And their blood glucose levels…did not skyrocket.

comments 27 comments - Posted Jun 26, 2008

Stacking the Deck: Carb Cards Make Counting Carbs a Cinch

This year Carb Cards™ have added calorie and fat gram information to the 3rd edition of the carbohydrate counting flashcards. Twelve new cards with information on such foods as oatmeal, beans, and fish have been added to the revised 55-card deck to encourage healthier choices and more variety in meal planning.

comments 1 comment - Posted Jun 26, 2008

Study by 24 Doctors and Researchers Lobs Rebuttal At the ADA and EASD for Their Stance on Low-Carb
Study by 24 Doctors and Researchers Lobs Rebuttal At the ADA and EASD for Their Stance on Low-Carb

Twenty-four diabetes doctors and researchers from the United States, Canada, the United Kingdom, Finland, Sweden and Portugal have published a study criticizing the American Diabetes Association (ADA) assertion that diabetics should consume no fewer than 130 mg of carbohydrates daily and the European Association for the Study of Diabetes (EASD) statement that low-carb diets are “not justified.”

comments 28 comments - Posted Jun 26, 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

Letter of the Week: Teenage Weight Loss and Insulin Omission
Letter of the Week: Teenage Weight Loss and Insulin Omission

Dear Diabetes Health,

I appreciated Jamie Bailes’ (April/May 2008) article on helping overweight kids. To me, it illustrated the complexity of weight regulation and the folly of linking it to one factor (fat).

comments 2 comments - Posted May 30, 2008

April 2008

Texans: DiabetesAmerica Offers Free Online Health and Lifestyle Classes
Texans: DiabetesAmerica Offers Free Online Health and Lifestyle Classes

DiabetesAmerica, a network of diabetes care and management centers across Texas, is offering free online health and lifestyle classes to the public.

comments 0 comments - Posted Apr 21, 2008

March 2008

Chocolate Is Not Good for Hypoglycemia!

One of the cartoons you recently published, where a character eats chocolate because his sugar is too low, gave the wrong message. Chocolate should not be used for treating hypoglycemia. There is too much fat in it for it to be effective.

comments 10 comments - Posted Mar 1, 2008

February 2008

People with Diabetes Urged to Read Between the Labels of Meal Replacement Bars and Beverages

Recently, meal-replacement bars, powders and beverages have been touted as a popular way of providing nutritious options for today's busy lifestyles, as well as aids for weight loss and poor appetite.

comments 0 comments - Posted Feb 5, 2008

September 2007

People on Low Glycemic Diets Lose More Weight

An Australian review of six short clinical trials has found that low glycemic diets (which involve eating foods that raise blood sugar slowly instead of quickly) cause about two pounds more weight loss than calorie-restricted diets.

comments 3 comments - Posted Sep 4, 2007

May 2007

Major Bummer: High Blood Sugar Heightens Cancer Risk in Non-Diabetics
Major Bummer: High Blood Sugar Heightens Cancer Risk in Non-Diabetics

In the March 2007 issue of Diabetes Care, Swedish researchers examined the fasting plasma glucose levels and post-load (after being given glucose) sugar levels of 33,293 women and 31,304 men.

comments 0 comments - Posted May 14, 2007

April 2007

Portion Distortion: Why Bigger Really Isn't Better
Portion Distortion: Why Bigger Really Isn't Better

Ah, the good life. Dining out, shopping for clothes, dining out, shopping for clothes, dining out, shopping…wait a minute. Is there a pattern here?  Americans are eating out more and more, and leading researchers say that’s a big part of why so many of us are overweight. The biggest part of that big part? Big portions–Portion Distortion!

comments 0 comments - Posted Apr 18, 2007

Visceral Fat, Guilty of Systemic Inflammation
Visceral Fat, Guilty of Systemic Inflammation

If you have to be fat, it’s a far, far better thing to be fat in places other than your belly. Visceral fat, the kind deep inside the abdomen that inextricably surrounds internal organs, is an organ in itself, secreting hormones and active molecules, called cytokines, which are bad for your health.

comments 1 comment - Posted Apr 14, 2007

March 2007

Eight Ways to Improve Your Family’s Eating Habits: Laura Plunkett speaks about her son Danny at the UCSF Type one conference March 3, in San Francisco
Eight Ways to Improve Your Family’s Eating Habits: Laura Plunkett speaks about her son Danny at the UCSF Type one conference March 3, in San Francisco

When my seven-year-old son, Danny, was diagnosed with type 1diabetes, I had to take a serious look at his diet. He had always been our “picky” eater, and I had gone along with his demands to keep the peace. As a result, his favorite foods at the time of his diagnosis were pancakes with syrup, grilled cheese sandwiches, macaroni and cheese, cookies, juice, and the only vegetable he ate—cucumbers. These foods became the centerpiece of the meal plan constructed by the hospital nutritionist.

comments 0 comments - Posted Mar 21, 2007

Hard Data About Soft Drinks: Good Health Is Drowning in 52 Gallons of Sugar Water
Hard Data About Soft Drinks: Good Health Is Drowning in 52 Gallons of Sugar Water

You can call it a sparkling beverage, but you can’t call it healthy: An analysis of 88 studies on the effects of regular (non-diet) soda pop, the best-selling item in grocery stores, has concluded that it’s not good for you. Soft drinks, sold to the tune of $11.7 billion a year, are associated with reduced milk and nutrient intake and with increased calorie consumption, body weight, and type 2 diabetes.

comments 0 comments - Posted Mar 15, 2007

November 2006

Glycemic Index Can Be Good News for Glucose Levels

The glycemic index of foods you eat could be the reason that one day you find your sugars out of control, but you’re shocked, because you haven’t strayed from your diabetes nutrition guidelines.

comments 0 comments - Posted Nov 1, 2006

August 2006

How to Get Enough Nutrients on a Lower-Carb Diet
How to Get Enough Nutrients on a Lower-Carb Diet

One of the common criticisms of the lower-carb lifestyle is that it doesn’t provide adequate nutrition. Is this really true?

comments 0 comments - Posted Aug 1, 2006

June 2006

Americans Need to Learn More About Whole Grains

According to a survey conducted by the Whole Grains Council and a manufacturer of whole grain products, it was found that 68 percent of adults are unaware that they should consume at least three daily servings of whole grains. In addition, more than one-fifth of the public (22 percent) was unable to name any of the benefits of eating whole grains.

comments 0 comments - Posted Jun 1, 2006

About Bacon
About Bacon

Over the past five years, there has been a 40 percent increase in bacon consumption in the United States, due partly to the popularity of high-protein, low-carb diets. Many consumers believe bacon is high in protein, but regular pork bacon is high in fat with little protein.

comments 0 comments - Posted Jun 1, 2006

February 2006

Sugar-Free Chocolates for Your Valentine:
Sugar-Free Chocolates for Your Valentine:

Valentine’s Day is the single biggest day for chocolate sales. Among the many kinds of chocolate now available for gift giving are sugar-free as well as dairy-free varieties. Today, sugar-free chocolates may also be labeled “lower carb.”

comments 0 comments - Posted Feb 1, 2006

January 2006

Nutrition Goal for 2006:
Nutrition Goal for 2006:

Why not make 2006 the year you explore the many flavors and textures of foods made from the versatile soybean? Throughout the year, Diabetes Health will provide recipes for a variety of these tasty, nutritious foods.

comments 0 comments - Posted Jan 1, 2006

December 2005

Understanding Food Labels
Understanding Food Labels

Read any good food product labels lately? The information they offer can help you make improved food choices, if you know how to use it.

comments 0 comments - Posted Dec 1, 2005

Is Margarine Safe for People With Diabetes?
Is Margarine Safe for People With Diabetes?

Nutritional recommendations always seem to be changing. One year we’re advised to switch from butter to margarine. A year later, we learn that margarine is worse for us than butter.

comments 0 comments - Posted Dec 1, 2005

November 2005

How to Build a Wrap or a Sandwich
How to Build a Wrap or a Sandwich

Thanksgiving leftovers can be reheated and enjoyed in their original form, or you can create new healthy recipes by mixing foods with lots of vegetables.

comments 1 comment - Posted Nov 1, 2005

Developing Healthy Habits for the Holidays
Developing Healthy Habits for the Holidays

Think of last year’s holiday season. What do you remember most about it?

comments 0 comments - Posted Nov 1, 2005

October 2005

Medical Nutritionals Are Everywhere
Medical Nutritionals Are Everywhere

There are so many food products containing artificial and alternative sweeteners on the market today that they have become a topic of great interest among diabetic patients and health professionals.

comments 0 comments - Posted Oct 1, 2005

August 2005

Suggestions for Safe and Healthy Summer Eating
Suggestions for Safe and Healthy Summer Eating

Summer activities are in full swing with ball games in the park, family reunions and vacations. The warm weather draws us to the great outdoors for fun as well as mealtimes. Picnics, potlucks, sack lunches and travel meals are a part of our summer routine that can sometimes make blood glucose harder to manage.

comments 0 comments - Posted Aug 1, 2005

July 2005

Heart-Smart Label Reading
Heart-Smart Label Reading

Last month, we focused on carbohydrates. This month, we talk about how to analyze the information on fats shown on the food label.

comments 1 comment - Posted Jul 1, 2005

June 2005

Decoding the Food Label
Decoding the Food Label

Have you ever wondered how to count the carbohydrates on a food label? Does it really matter how many grams of sugar are in a food? Do “sugar free” and “calorie free” mean the same thing? Do you need to count the fiber in your breakfast cereal as carbohydrate?

comments 0 comments - Posted Jun 1, 2005

What's the Truth About Artificial Sweeteners?
What's the Truth About Artificial Sweeteners?

If you love rumors and intrigue, enter the world of artificial sweeteners.

comments 9 comments - Posted Jun 1, 2005

May 2005

What's Your Portion IQ?
What's Your Portion IQ?

Do you know if the last bagel or muffin you ate was a single serving or four portions disguised as one large serving? With supersizing being the norm, accurately estimating portions can be challenging.

comments 0 comments - Posted May 1, 2005

April 2005

Low Glycemic Index Eating: The Science Behind the Numbers
Low Glycemic Index Eating: The Science Behind the Numbers

What’s so great about the glycemic index?

comments 0 comments - Posted Apr 1, 2005

March 2005

How to A-REST Your Easter Meal
How to A-REST Your Easter Meal

Celebrating a holiday usually involves enjoying certain traditional foods. It’s not necessary to purchase special cookbooks for diabetes-friendly holiday recipes. Modifying your favorite recipes to improve their nutritional value can produce wonderful results as well as some surprises. Decreasing the carbohydrates, calories and fat in many recipes will result in dishes that are more nutrient-dense, which can lead to better health and increased longevity.

comments 0 comments - Posted Mar 1, 2005

Q: My friend told me that eating more fiber would help control my blood glucose. Is this true?
Q: My friend told me that eating more fiber would help control my blood glucose. Is this true?

A: Fiber can help stabilize your blood glucose. There are two major types of fiber: water soluble and insoluble. Foods high in soluble fiber in particular cause fewer rises in blood glucose after meals, because the fiber is digested slowly, delaying the absorption of carbohydrates.

comments 0 comments - Posted Mar 1, 2005

The Glycemic Index—A Little Bit of History
The Glycemic Index—A Little Bit of History

Before 1981, all patients diagnosed with diabetes were given dietary exchanges to follow when planning their meals or snacks. While exchanges were formulated for all food groups, the main focus for glycemic control was on carbohydrates. At the time these guidelines were established, focusing on portions seemed appropriate since the Nutrition Facts Label was not available.

comments 0 comments - Posted Mar 1, 2005

Government Issues Latest Dietary Guidelines

On January 12, 2005, the Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) and the Department of Agriculture (USDA) published their new Dietary Guidelines for Americans.

comments 0 comments - Posted Mar 1, 2005

February 2005

Quick and Easy Snacks
Quick and Easy Snacks

Choose combinations of foods with carbohydrates for quick energy and choose protein foods for sustained energy. Plan healthy snacks for your daily menu.

comments 3 comments - Posted Feb 1, 2005

Eat Smart and Start Walking for Heart Health
Eat Smart and Start Walking for Heart Health

Did you know that two out of three people with diabetes die from heart disease or stroke? For people with diabetes, the risk of heart attack or stroke is great. That’s why your healthcare team promotes good blood glucose, blood pressure and lipid control as key steps in prevention.

comments 0 comments - Posted Feb 1, 2005

January 2005

A New Approach to New Year's Resolutions
A New Approach to New Year's Resolutions

Many of the “lifestyle” magazines and television programs that you see from now until February are likely to feature New Year’s makeover diets. These diets will be promoted as “the one” sure to make you slim for life and to be easier to follow than all the rest.

comments 0 comments - Posted Jan 1, 2005

November 2004

You Got Questions?
You Got Questions?

Q: I am a 54-year-old woman with diabetes, trying to lose a substantial amount of weight. I want to be healthier and want nutrition that will help my goal. I seem to be at a standstill. Can you give me some easy nutrition ideas?

comments 0 comments - Posted Nov 1, 2004

October 2004

Three Tips for Using Sugar Substitutes in Baked Goods

To enhance flavor: Add an additional teaspoon of vanilla extract per each cup of granular sugar substitute, such as Equal, NutraSweet, DiabetiSweet or Splenda. To achieve a better rise in baked goods using a low-calorie sweetener, switch from 9-inch to 8-inch round pans with 2-inch high sides. You can also try adding a half cup of dry milk powder and a half teaspoon of baking soda for every one cup of granular sugar substitute or low-calorie sweetener. When baking with yeast, maintain at least two teaspoons of sugar in a recipe for yeast activation. Baking time may be shorter with low-calorie sweetener. Check cookies three to five minutes sooner and cakes seven to 10 minutes sooner than called for by the original recipe.

comments 0 comments - Posted Oct 1, 2004

September 2004

Eating On the Run
Eating On the Run

Safety first: Remember to check with your healthcare team before starting any new exercise program.

comments 0 comments - Posted Sep 1, 2004

July 2004

Lower Carbohydrate-Heart Connection Confuses Some
Lower Carbohydrate-Heart Connection Confuses Some

Not only are many people who want to lose weight jumping on the low-carb caravan, so are some people who have diabetes. Some wonder why, since the message seems to fly in the face of conventional wisdom. Diabetes and heart disease are so closely related. Can a lower-carb meal plan help improve the odds? We’re learning.

comments 0 comments - Posted Jul 1, 2004

Trains, Planes and Automobiles—What to Know When Planning Your Vacation Eating
Trains, Planes and Automobiles—What to Know When Planning Your Vacation Eating

Hot summer days, peaceful lakes, get-away adventures, time to reconnect and relax with family and friends.

comments 0 comments - Posted Jul 1, 2004

June 2004

Nutrition Coach's Corner

“Are those new wraps at Subway good for me?” “If I make applesauce with Splenda, can I eat all I want?” “How do I count the carbohydrates in low-carb yogurt?” Do questions like these cross your mind every time you dine out, set foot in the supermarket or flip through a recipe book?

comments 0 comments - Posted Jun 1, 2004

April 2004

Great Danes Nix Trans Fat Sales

Do you want your food purchases to be trans fat free in 2004? If so, you’d better get your passport ready and head to Denmark.

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March 2004

Are You Nuts to Eat Nuts?

A low-calorie diet that includes almonds may have a “potential role” in fighting the obesity epidemic.

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February 2004

Sugar-Free Sugar Replacers and Diabetes

Suddenly it seems that sugar-free products are everywhere.

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Lose 97 Pounds and Control Your Type 2 Diabetes

Have you had type 2 diabetes for less than five years? Do you want to lose approximately 30 percent of your body weight?

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April 2003

Exploring Lower-Carbohydrate Options

We have all heard great success stories about people who follow a diet low in carbohydrates. Many report weight loss, more energy and normal glucose levels. Maybe you are curious, but you're scared to try it. It goes against everything you've been taught about a healthy diet.

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The Exchange System

"We don't use them anymore," said my certified diabetes educator when I asked for a copy of the exchange lists used for meal planning.

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The Exchange System: Is It Still Useful?

We don't use them anymore," said my certified diabetes educator (CDE) when I asked for a copy of the exchange lists used for meal planning.

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March 2003

Diabetes and Celiac Disease

Only since the early 1950s have medical doctors in the United States recognized that celiac disease (also called gluten enteropathy) requires a lifelong commitment to a gluten-free diet.

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February 2003

Quick & Easy Meals

In today's busy world, it's difficult enough for most of us to get a meal on the table at all—let alone follow a healthy meal plan every day.

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Insulin-to-Carbohydrate Ratios

Insulin-to-carbohydrate (I:C) ratios, which are used to calculate the insulin doses people with diabetes need for specific amounts of food containing carbohydrate, are an important part of any intensive diabetes management program.

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Eating Nuts May Help Prevent Type 2 Diabetes in Women

Go ahead—have that peanut butter sandwich. Findings from the Harvard University Nurses' Health Study suggest that women who eat several servings of nuts or peanut butter a week can lower their risk of getting type 2 diabetes by as much as 27 percent. The Nurses' Health Study followed nearly 84,000 female nurses for 16 years beginning in 1980.

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December 2002

Coming to a Nutrition Facts Panel Near You?
Coming to a Nutrition Facts Panel Near You?

A food ingredient long regarded as a "silent killer" may be brought to justice next spring.

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Whole Grains Help Stave Off Type 2 Diabetes

Trash the Wonder Bread and white rice and replace them with whole grains and brown rice if you want to reduce your risk of developing type 2 diabetes.

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November 2002

‘Guide to Healthy Restaurant Eating,’ 2nd Edition

Do your favorite restaurants and fast-food eateries fit comfortably into your diabetes meal plan?

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The Sweetest Thing

Most people associate sweetness with happiness, good times and good food. In fact, the average American goes so far as to consume an estimated 20 teaspoons of sugar each day.

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Staying Honest During the Holidays - Effective Exercise Strategies

The holiday season presents many challenges for people with diabetes. Because we tend to eat more (at office parties and family outings) and exercise less during these months, weight gain could typically be as much as five to 10 pounds.

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'Guide to Healthy Restaurant Eating' 2nd Edition

Do your favorite restaurants and fast-food eateries fit comfortably into your diabetes meal plan? Now they can!

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The Sweetest Thing - Artificial Sweeteners an Option for People With Diabetes

Most people associate sweetness with happiness, good times and good food. In fact, the average American goes so far as to consume an estimated 20 teaspoons of sugar each day.

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Toeing the Line - or Taking a Holiday? Readers Discuss Their Eating Habits During the Holiday Season

Guilty pleasures are certainly in abundance between Thanksgiving and New Year's Day. However, if you are a person with diabetes, too much guilty pleasure may make your A1C resemble something less pleasant than a picture print by Currier and Ives.

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July 2002

How a Person With Diabetes Should Read a Nutrition Label

Many educational materials are available that can help a person who has diabetes make healthy food choices. Nutrition labels on various foods can be especially useful for preparing and analyzing a meal plan and choosing foods that are right for your individual needs.

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March 2002

Are There Good and Bad Carbohydrates?

Carbohydrates seem to be in the news a lot these days. You either hear or read that if you want to lose weight, you shouldn't eat carbohydrates, or that if you want to control your blood-glucose levels, there are some specific carbohydrates you should not eat. The question, then, is to sort out what's important.

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January 2002

Seniors in the Kitchen

Seniors with diabetes may need to make changes to their diet to remain healthy, according to the American Diabetes Association (ADA). In addition, people may have more difficulty preparing food as they get older.

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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.

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November 1999

Free Foods: Still Cost Money but Not Carbs

Question: What are the “free foods,” foods that have no carbohydrates? From: Anonymous, Montana.

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Do I Subtract Fiber from Carbohydrates?

Q: In the past, the American Diabetes Association (ADA) recommended that when a serving of food has 5 or more grams of fiber, people should subtract that number from the total grams of carbohydrates, because fiber is not broken down into glucose.

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August 1999

The Skinny on Fat in the Diabetic Diet

For some years, we've heard that saturated fats are bad for us. Now, many people are pointing their fingers at trans fats.

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April 1999

ADA Says Fruits and Vegetables Should be “Core” of American Diet

The American Diabetes Association (ADA) and other national health care groups are requesting that the United States government stress fruits and vegetables more strongly in its health care guidelines for Americans. They want the government to bring fruits and vegetables to the "core" of the American diet.

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March 1998

Fructose/Protein Can Be Stimulating

Researchers Mary C. Gannon, PhD, et al. investigated the possibility of ingesting fructose with protein to stimulate insulin secretion in people with untreated type 2 diabetes.

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February 1998

Some Fat is Good

Evidence that moderate amounts of dietary fat intake is OK is popping up everywhere. Several studies indicate that severely restricting fat to lower cholesterol won't prevent heart disease caused by cholesterol any better than moderately cutting fat.

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September 1995

Fructose: Friend Or Foe?

In the last 20 years there has been a change in the kind of sugar food manufacturers use to sweeten their products. In the past, sucrose was king. Today, fructose, in the form of high fructose syrup (HFS), is much more common. This is touted as good news for people with diabetes, but is it?

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September 1994

Don’t Eat If Your Blood Sugar Is Over 150 mg/dl

Q: Recently I read an article in Post Graduate Medicine ("Effective Insulin Use," Vol. 95, No. 8, June 1994, pgs. 52, 54, 58-60, 63-64, and 67). The article suggests the patient not eat if the blood glucose is greater than 150 mg/dl. I would appreciate you reading this article and giving me your opinion.

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May 1994

Should You Add Fructose To Your Diet?

A recent report from the University of Kuopio in Finland has found that fructose may be an acceptable alternative to sugar in the diet of people with diabetes who are liable to high after meal glucose concentrations (American Journal of Clinical Nutrition, March 1994). In patients with mild non-insulin-dependent diabetes mellitus, fructose may contribute lower after meal glucose and insulin responses than most other carbohydrate sources.

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Using The Glycemic Index

Researchers at the University of Sydney in New South Wales, Australia, are calling for a reassessment of the value of the glycemic index in the treatment of diabetes (American Journal of Clinical Nutrition, March 1994). They cite 11 medium to long-term studies that have specifically used the glycemic index (GI) approach to determine clinical gains in diabetes or lipid management. All but one study produced positive findings.

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August 1993

Should You Eat Margarine?

What's healthy?

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December 1992

Don’t Gobble Till You Wobble!

Did you know that the average American gains approximately 7 pounds between the Thanksgiving and New Year's holiday?

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November 1992

Dr. Marcus’ Diabetes Tip

Dr. Alan Marcus is a diabetes specialist who practices in Laguna Hills, California. He is also a medical advisor to MiniMed Technologies and a spokesperson for Novo Nordisk Insulin. Dr. Marcus also serves as Assistant Clinical Professor of Medicine for the USC School of Medicine.

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January 1991

Ask the Expert

Q: Are People with Diabetes Prone to Skin Boils?

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