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Friday, April 15, 2016

Diabetic Retinopathy Leading Cause of New-Onset Blindness in U.S. Adults

Although some people may not feel they need eye care, 
most early eye disease has no signs or symptoms 

Photo Credit: US News & Health

Following recommended exam schedules detects and promotes treatment of diabetic eye disease and cuts the occurrence of severe vision loss by half or more, and early detection and treatment of diabetic retinopathy reduces vision loss by up to 60%. Half of adult patients with diabetes do not have annual eye care, however. 

The most common reasons for skipping eye care given by individuals are that they do not feel they need it or they cannot afford it.

Medicare covers a yearly exam for diabetic neuropathy, and many individuals now have vision coverage through their health insurance. Patients with health insurance are more likely to have recommended eye exams. Lack of insurance increases the probability of eye problems. Uninsured and lowincome individuals are the patients most likely to cite cost as a reason for not seeking care, but even without insurance, dilated eye exams have low upfront costs, reduce patients’ overall costs and increase quality of life.

Read full article at US News & Health 




Thursday, April 14, 2016

James Earl Jones Breaks Silence On Diabetes Journey


James Earl Jones is moving to the front lines of America’s ongoing diabetes epidemic.

Photo Credit: Huffington Post 

The award-winning actor has teamed up with Johnson & Johnson pharmaceutical company, Janssen Pharmaceuticals, to help Americans manage their type 2 diabetes via ICanImagine.com. Through the site, visitors can take an interactive quiz to discover behavioral traits that can help them take control of their condition. 

For Jones, living with the chronic disease — which affects the way the body processes blood sugar — for over 20 years was a leading factor to share his personal testimony publicly for the first time.

I’m aware of the mission we all have of living well with it. I will always be a diabetic, but there is a way to live well with it, there’s a way to live with it so I can keep working,” Jones said during an interview with The Huffington Post. “I’m 85, but I can still work. I can still do eight [Broadway] shows a week in theater. And I love that. I love still being active in my life. But it’s more important that I address diabetes, because I will always be a diabetic.”


Continue reading at Huffington Post



Wednesday, April 13, 2016

Radio/TV Personality Doug Banks Died From Complications with Diabetes


Doug lost a toe to the disease, as well as an eye, and was on dialysis. After a few months off the air last year, he returned early this year. Banks is survived by his wife and four children.

Tuesday, April 12, 2016

Diabetic Fluffy Key Lime Pie Recipe


Fluffy Key Lime Pie Recipe photo by Taste of Home

TOTAL TIME: Prep: 20 min. + chilling MAKES: 8 servings

Ingredients

  • 1 package (.3 ounce) sugar-free lime gelatin
  • 1/4 cup boiling water
  • 2 cartons (6 ounces each) Key lime yogurt
  • 1 carton (8 ounces) frozen fat-free whipped topping, thawed
  • 1 reduced-fat graham cracker crust (8 inches)

Directions
1. In a large bowl, dissolve gelatin in boiling water. Whisk in yogurt. Fold in whipped topping. Pour into crust.
2. Cover and refrigerate for at least 2 hours or until set. Yield: 8 servings.


Nutritional Facts
1 piece equals 194 calories, 3 g fat (1 g saturated fat), 2 mg cholesterol, 159 mg sodium, 33 g carbohydrate, 0 fiber, 3 g protein. 

Diabetic Exchanges: 2 starch, 1/2 fat.


Recipe Source: Taste of Home



Monday, April 11, 2016

Diabetic Carrot Cake Recipe



Here's what you will need:

  • Butter-flavored cooking spray
  • 2 large egg whites, at room temperature (you can put the eggs in warm water for 10-15 minutes, or you can leave them out for an hour or so)
  • ½ cup fat-free plain yogurt
  • 3 tbsp canola oil
  • ½ cup unsweetened applesauce
  • 1/3 cup dark brown sugar, packed
  • 2 tsp vanilla extract
  • 2½ cups all-purpose flour
  • ½ tsp baking soda
  • 2 tsp baking powder
  • ¼ tsp salt (optional)
  • ½ tsp ground nutmeg
  • 1 tsp ground cinnamon
  • 1 cup shredded carrots
  • 4 oz unsweetened crushed pineapple with juice
  • ¼ cup dark raisins  


1. Preheat the oven to 400°F.
2. Lightly coat a 9 x 13 cake pan with cooking spray. Dust with flour and tap out excess.
3. Whisk together egg whites, yogurt, canola oil, applesauce, brown sugar, and vanilla extract in a large bowl.
4. In a separate bowl, sift together the flour, baking soda, baking powder, salt (if you’re using it), nutmeg, and cinnamon.
5. In 3 parts, add dry ingredients to wet ingredients, stirring until just incorporated (don’t over-mix).
6. Mix in the shredded carrots.
7. Drain the juice from the pineapple. (If you want, you can keep the juice—makes a nice drink.) Stir the drained pineapple and raisins into the cake batter.
8. Spoon the batter into the prepared pan, smoothing the top with the back of a spoon.
9. Bake for 40 to 45 minutes, until a tester (a knife or a toothpick) inserted in the center comes out clean.

Cool in the pan on a rack for 10 minutes. Slide a knife around the edges of the pan to loosen the cake. Invert onto the rack to cool completely. When the cake has cooled, you can frost it, if you want. NOTE: Cake Only:  If you frost this, the nutritional info will change (of course).

Nutritional Info (Per Serving)
103 calories (20% calories from fat)
3g protein
2g total fat (0.2g saturated fat)
19g carbohydrate
1g dietary fiber
123mg sodium

Diabetic Exchanges
1½ carbohydrate (1½ bread/starch)


Photo and Recipe Source: Endocrine Web



Friday, April 8, 2016

Drugs in the Drinking Water? Don't Ask and Officials Won't Tell




The sheer number of Americans taking drugs is one reason drugs in the water are a problem - 60% of Americans now take prescription drugs




When it comes to pharmaceuticals in the water supply, both drug industry and water treatment professionals say traces are so small they probably pose no public health risk. YET they also admit that testing has begun so recently that no one really knows the long-term effects.

"There's no doubt about it, pharmaceuticals are being detected in the environment and there is genuine concern that these compounds, in the small concentrations that they're at, could be causing impacts to human health or to aquatic organisms," noted Mary Buzby, director of environmental technology for Merck.

And the problem has only grown worse . . .  
By 2008, the Associated Press reported that 46 million Americans were drinking water containing psychiatric, cholesterol, asthma, epilepsy, heart and pain drugs as well as antibiotics.

Read the full article here


Thursday, April 7, 2016

Health Benefit of Mangos for Diabetics


Photo Credit: Care2

Research has shown antioxidant compounds in mango fruit have been found to protect against colon, breast, leukemia and prostate cancers. 

Another important health benefit is with Diabetes
Mango leaves help normalize insulin levels in the blood. The traditional home remedy involves boiling leaves in water, soaking through the night and then consuming the filtered decoction in the morning. Mango fruit also has a relatively low glycemic index (41-60) so moderate quantities will not spike your sugar levels.

Read about the 10 Health Benefiuts of Mangos
http://www.care2.com/greenliving/10-health-benefits-of-mangos.html

Wednesday, April 6, 2016

Type 2 Diabetes Infographic

Type 2 diabetes is the most common form of diabetes, and the disease often develops in stages, starting as pre-diabetes or insulin resistance. 

People with pre-diabetes have elevated blood glucose (sugar), but it isn’t high enough to be classified as diabetes.



Source: Houston Methodist Org Blog

Tuesday, April 5, 2016

Not All Stevia Is Created Equal!


Did you know there are (3) main categories?


1. Green Leaf Stevia
This is the least processed of all types of stevia and the leaves have basically been dried and ground into powder form.  This is the type of stevia that has been used in Japan and South America for centuries as a natural sweetener and health remedy.  This stevia is sweet, slightly bitter and isn’t quite as potent as most stevia products.  This type of stevia is about 30-40 times sweeter than sugar.

2. Stevia Extracts
Some brands of stevia today extract the sweeter and less bitter part of the stevia leaf (rebaudioside) which doesn’t have the health benefits found in stevioside.  This type of stevia may be a better option than other regular sweeteners but there aren’t many studies available yet showing it’s effects. This type of stevia is about 200 times sweeter than sugar.

3. Altered Stevia and Truvia
This is the type of stevia that you want to stay away from and in reality isn’t stevia at all.  The problem with these stevia products is the processing and added ingredients.

Read the full article here, and learn more about stevia and the side effects
http://draxe.com/stevia-side-effects/

Sunday, April 3, 2016

Make the Perfect Diabetic Friendly Smoothie

Love to start my morning with an easy to make smoothie, and I always include protein powder . . . 





Infographic Credit - Diabetic Connect


Tuesday, March 1, 2016

Best Sweetener For Diabetics


I personally prefer Stevia as a sweetner, however after reading this article became familiar with more choices . . . 



Find the best 3 options for natural sweeteners at Diabetes Meal Plans, along with more useful info



Monday, February 29, 2016

Best Fruits For Diabetics

Best fruits without worrying about your blood sugar levels


Portion control is essential for every diabetic. Learn more about the best practical way to ensure you get the required intake of sugar?

Fruits: The Ultimate Food For Diabetics:
http://www.stylecraze.com/articles/best-fruits-for-diabetics/

Friday, February 26, 2016

What Are The Best Breads For Diabetics?

It’s often recommended that you eat whole grains instead of the white stuff and it’s true, whole grains are always going to be a better choice because they are complex carbs, rather than simple carbs.

But, when you take the whole grain and grind it into a flour, it changes the way your body digests it. This mainly happens because the bulky fiber component of the grain gets broken down, meaning less digestion – for you as a diabetic that means higher blood sugar spikes




Read full article here at Diabetes Meal Plans 

Thursday, February 25, 2016

Charcot Foot Can Cause Disability and Amputation In Diabetics


Charcot foot can occur in the one-third of diabetes patients who lose feeling in their feet and other lower extremities, a condition called peripheral neuropathy.

A debilitating condition called Charcot foot is often missed among the nearly 30 million Americans with diabetes, doctors say.

The condition is highly treatable, but if left alone it can lead to permanent deformity, disability, surgery and even amputation, according to the American College of Foot and Ankle Surgeons (ACFAS).



Read more about how foot conditions in diabetics are often missed

Diabetic Breakfast Stuffed Peppers Recipe


A healthy blend of meat, dairy, vegetables, and spices, this breakfast will help you feel alert and well.



Image Credit: Diabetic Connect

Ingredients

  • 3 small red, orange, and/or yellow peppers
  • 3 oz. breakfast turkey sausage, crumbled and cooked
  • 4 eggs
  • 2 TBSP fat free milk
  • 3 TBSP minced onion
  • 2 cloves garlic, minced
  • 2 tsp olive oil
  • 1/2 cup shredded Monterey Jack cheese
  • 1/4 cup chopped fresh parsley
  • 1/4 tsp kosher salt
  • Pepper to taste

Directions

  • Preheat the oven to 350 degrees F.
  • Cut the tops off of the peppers, saving them. Remove the seeds from the peppers and set aside.
  • Sauté the onions and garlic in the olive oil until fragrant and tender.
  • Beat the eggs and milk together. Add the sausage, onion mixture, cheese, parsley and salt and pepper.
  • Divide evenly, filling up the peppers. Replace the pepper tops and place in a baking dish. Fill with 1 inch of water.
  • Bake for 40-45 minutes.

Nutritional Facts
Servings - 3 (For 1 pepper)
Calories 343
Total Fat 24g
Sodium 484mg
Carbohydrates 9g
Dietary Fiber 2g
Sugars 5g
Protein 23g

This recipe is from Diabetic Connect by Nikki Sheriff
Find more great diabetic breakfast recipes
http://www.diabeticconnect.com/diabetic-recipes/breakfast





Tuesday, February 23, 2016

Smoothies for Diabetics

Smoothies are a great way to get in multiple servings of fruits and vegetables, along with many essential nutrients. 

The key for diabetics is to monitor the amount of carbs and sugars in any given smoothie and factor that into the amount that you aim to take in each day.




Monday, February 22, 2016

Infographic: Carbs Per Day For A Diabetic

Did you know that one of the most commonly asked questions is how many carbs per day is best for a diabetic to eat?



More info at Diabetes Meal Plans


Friday, February 19, 2016

Truth About Expired Meds

There's certainly controversy about expiration dates on food, but as upsetting to your stomach as it can be to eat items that are no longer fresh, taking expired medications can be more complicated and, in certain cases, have far greater consequences.

"If the drug is an over-the-counter product for minor aches and pains, you may not get 100 percent of the benefits if the expiration date has passed, but it's not dangerous," explains Rabia Atayee, an associate clinical professor of pharmacy at the University of California, San Diego.

However, for people taking medications for chronic or life-threatening illnesses — such as heart conditions, seizures, COPD or severe allergies — a drug that's not completely effective can be downright dangerous, she says.

Here are some answers to common questions that may help you stay out of harm's way when it comes to ingesting and discarding expired medications.

1. "I have some five-year-old antibiotics I want to take on my vacation in case I get sick. Are they still good?"

They won't make you sick, but they may not be strong enough to fight off infection, which can be harmful. Over time, antibiotics stored at home can lose up to 50 percent or more of their strength, meaning they may not be able to halt a potentially life-threatening bug that's invading your system.

Plus, if you're taking leftover antibiotics from a past illness, you won't have a complete dose to knock out all the bacteria. As Amy Tiemeier, associate professor of pharmacy practice at St. Louis College of Pharmacy, points out, not taking a full dose allows the most drug-resistant bacteria to remain in your body. You then risk getting the same infection again and needing a stronger drug to knock it out, which could mean more side effects and pricier antibiotics.

2. "Are there any medications that I should never, ever use beyond their expiration dates?"

Yes, absolutely. Oral nitroglycerin (NTG), a medication used for angina (chest pain), may lose its potency quickly once the bottle is opened and should never be taken after the expiration date. Similarly, insulin, used to control blood sugar in those with diabetes, may stop working after its expiration date. Other drugs you need to be sure are full strength include anticonvulsants, warfarin, digoxin, thyroid preparations and oral contraceptives (see full list here).

Another must-toss once the expiration date has passed: inhalers. "They will lose potency after their expiration date," Tiemeier says. "If you're having an acute respiratory attack and your inhaler doesn't work, it could be a dangerous situation." Ditto for EpiPens; the epinephrine in auto-injectors loses its potency. As with inhalers, EpiPens are used in life-threatening situations like anaphylaxis, so using an expired one is a major health threat.

Lastly, using ophthalmic (eye) drops past their expiration date could be dangerous because of the high risk for bacterial growth. You could risk losing your vision from contaminated drops, Tiemeier says.

Get MORE answers to common questions that may help you stay out of harm's way when it comes to ingesting and discarding expired medications - 

  • Is a drug's expiration date the same thing as the 'use-by' date I see on my prescription vials?
  • I keep all my medications on the kitchen counter so I remember to take them, rather than in my medicine chest. Are they safe there?
  • How can I safely dispose of expired medications?
  • How often should I clean out my medications?

Continue reading article at AARP 



Chocolate Cake That's Diabetic Friendly

Who doesn't love chocolate cake - and this one is diabetic friendly





Ingredients:

  • 2 eggs
  • Non-caloric cooking spray
  • 1 1/2 cups flour
  • 1/4 cup DiabetiSweet
  • 1/2 cup unsweetened cocoa
  • 1 1/2 teaspoons baking soda
  • 2/3 cup safflower oil
  • 1/4 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • 1 cup 2% milk

Directions:

Preheat oven to 350F. Spray 13”x9” cake pan with non-caloric cooking spray
Lightly beat 2 eggs (until just mixed). Combine beaten eggs and other ingredients in a large bowl. Mix until just blended (do not over-mix).
Bake for approximately 45 minutes (until an inserted knife comes out clean).

Each serving counting as ½ starch exchange and 1 fat exchange.

More diabetic desert recipes via Pinterest
https://www.pinterest.com/CEThompkins/diabetic-deserts/