Wednesday, August 17, 2016

Diabetic Friendly Blueberry Muffins

Freshly baked blueberry muffins - 
Flavored with with citrus and allspice



  • 1 3⁄4 cups all-purpose flour
  • 3 tablespoons sugar
  • 3 tablespoons Splenda sugar substitute
  • 2 teaspoons baking powder
  • 1⁄4 teaspoon salt
  • 1⁄2 teaspoon ground allspice
  • 1 cup fresh blueberries (or frozen, thawed and drained)
  • 3⁄4 cup nonfat milk
  • 1⁄4 cup vegetable oil
  • 1 egg, lightly beaten
  • 1 teaspoon grated lemon rind
  • 1 teaspoon grated orange rind
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • Cooking spray


  • Combine first 6 ingredients in a medium bowl; add blueberries, and toss to coat. Make a well in center of flour mixture.
  • Combine milk and next 5 ingredients; add to flour mixture, stirring just until dry ingredients are moistened.
  • Spoon batter into muffin pans coated with cooking spray, filling two-thirds full.

Bake at 400 degrees for 20 to 25 minutes or until golden. Remove muffins from pans immediately, and cool on wire racks.

Recipe Credit -

Monday, August 15, 2016

Peanut Butter Cookie Recipe - No Sugar or Flour!

These peanut butter cookies are delicious and you will NOT miss the sugar at all, or the FLOUR. 

That's right, sugarless and flourless peanut butter cookies that taste amazing from Walking on Sunshine Recipes.

These cookies are perfect if you're trying to watch your sugar intake or just trying to watch your calories.  If you really need to be careful with sugar, you should try to use a natural peanut butter brand or one that is lower in sugar.  


  • 1 large egg
  • 1 cup Splenda
  • 1 tsp. baking powder
  • 1/2 tsp. vanilla
  • 1 cup creamy peanut butter 
  • 1 tsp. water
  • 1/3 cup chopped peanuts (optional)


  • Preheat your oven to 350 degrees.
  • In a mixing bowl, beat together the egg, Splenda, baking powder, and vanilla for about a minute.
  • Add peanut butter and water and beat together.
  • The mixture will be pretty dry; just make sure the peanut butter is blended in with the other ingredients.
  • Measure out a heaping teaspoon of batter for each cookie, then using a fork, make indentations into each cookie.
  • Spray the fork with cooking spray so it doesn't stick to the cookie.
  • Bake 15 minutes until cookies feel firm and are slightly browned.

Source: Walking on Sunshine Recipes 

Friday, August 12, 2016

Type 2 Diabetes Treatment: What Is MondoA?

Type 2 diabetes affects about 8% of Americans and another 25% of the population is at risk because of obesity. The condition accounts for as much as 20% of all healthcare costs in the U.S.

Photo Credit: Drug Watch

A protein called MondoA has been identified by researchers at the Sanford Burnham Prebys Medical Discovery Institute (SBP) as a new potential target for drugs to prevent Type 2 Diabetes. The chronic condition accounts for between 85 and 95% of all people with diabetes.

Insulin resistance, in which insulin no longer causes the body's cells to take up the glucose from a meal and use it for energy, leads to Type 2 Diabetes. Following this, glucose continues to circulate in the blood, stimulating the pancreas to make more and more insulin, which eventually becomes so stressful that the insulin-producing cells die. This results in diabetes as the pancreas can no longer produce enough insulin to control blood glucose.

Read full article at Medical Daily and view video

Wednesday, August 10, 2016

9 Types of Medications That Can Lead to Chronic Fatigue

Could these drugs could be the cause of that tired feeling
Are your medications making you feel sleepy? - Getty Images
Do you feel weak or tired — sometimes to the point of exhaustion — much of the time? If so, you’re not alone. Chronic fatigue accounts for more than 10 million visits to family doctors every year. Chronic fatigue has many causes, including illnesses such as anemia and multiple sclerosis as well as depression and other psychiatric disorders.

But it’s also often a side effect of drugs previously prescribed for other conditions. (I’m not talking here of the complicated disorder known as chronic fatigue syndrome, whose cause is unknown. This condition is characterized by extreme fatigue that can’t be explained by any underlying medical condition.)

Could one or more of the medications you’re taking be making you feel listless or lethargic? Read below to learn about the major classes of drugs that can cause chronic fatigue. 

If you suspect that your symptoms might be linked to a medication you’re taking, talk to your doctor or health care provider right away. It’s important that you do not discontinue them on your own.

1. Blood pressure medications
2. Statins and fibrates
3. Proton pump inhibitors
4. Benzodiazepines
5. Antihistamines
6. Antidepressants
7. Antipsychotics
8. Antibiotics
9. Diuretics

Read full article at AARP to view how each of these medications cause fatigue

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 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


  • 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)

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 Benefits of Mangos

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

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:

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


  • 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


  • 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
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