Diabetes Positive Approach Newsletter 103



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Are you stressed out? Don't be, for researchers just found there is a link between stress and memory loss as well as cognitive deterioration among the diabetics. Mind you the participants in the study are between 60 and 75 years old. So the finding is not really rocket science, is it? We know that as we age our cognitive ability declines but not if we fight it and get active.

You will see a change in the format we are going to use for this newsletter. We have heard from some of you that you favor a shorter, more concise version so we will experiment on how best to do this. Just know that we want the best for you.

In this issue:

1. What's new at http://www.free-symptoms-of-diabetes-alert.com ?

2. Memory and Diabetes

3. A Success Quotation of the Month

4. Dessert Recipe

5. Some Humor

Now let's get on with the meat of this ezine:

1. What's new at http://www.free-symptoms-of-diabetes-alert.com ?

Happy Marriage Cuts Men’s Risk for Stroke

http://news.health.com/2010/02/24/happy-marriage-cuts-mens-risk-stroke/ A study on effect of happiness on stroke mortality? It is not rocket science to know that happiness is good for one's health. I am doubtful though that this study alone should make this generalization especially the subjects are not particularly screened.

No-fasting Diabetes Test Could Make Diabetes Diagnosis Easier

http://www.diabetes.co.uk/news/2010/Feb/no-fasting-diabetes-test-could-make-diabetes-diagnosis-easier-91948392.html I go along with the wise recommendation put forth by Dr. Bergenstal that employing the screening for diabetes test that does not require fasting will be a tremendous boost in the number of people who will want to get tested. I say that using the A1C test is to way to go.

Peer Mentoring an Innovative New Approach to Diabetes Management

www.kens5.com/home/Peer-mentoring-an-innovative-new-approach-to-diabetes-management-84249517.html. This is quite a positive innovative way of making sure the diabetics get all the help they can get in managing their condition. There isn't really much time in the doctor's office to deal with all the emotional impact one is experiencing that a companion care system will be most welcome.

Type-2 Diabetes May Be Linked With Impulse-Control Difficulties

http://www.allheadlinenews.com/articles/7017788968

Sorry to differ from this finding but the two people I live with who have type 2 diabetes have impeccable control. This research has only 27 subjects; I don't know if that carries a significant contribution to what it found. I also know quite a few diabetics, all of whom have very good self-control.

Eye Exams Could Hold Key to Diabetes Detection

http://www.wfie.com/Global/story.asp?S=11927622 It makes sense to have an eye exam once a year if one is at risk to develop diabetes. The eye doctor can give an alert as to health problems such as diabetes when he sees some damage in the blood vessels in the eyes. In fact, diabetic retinopathy has been seen in patients who have not been diagnosed with this condition.

Here are the new additions at our site. There are new items added in the tip section:


Diabetes Tips

Diabetes Care Plan

Weight Loss Surgery

Here are the new additions at our sister site at Blogging for Diabetes and You
You may be able to hit control and click to follow the link:

Leptin and Diabetes Connection

Diabetes and Pollution Linked?

Obesity and Diabetes, Could They Make Type 2 Diabetes Health Loss Double by 2023?

Diabetics Have New Hope in New Medical Center

Healthy Living, Healthy Life

2. Stress Linked to Diabetics' Memory Loss

Diabetes Care published the findings the university researchers on memory loss among the diabetics. They studied 900 participants who were 60- 75 year old men and women who have type 2 diabetes. The scientists assessed their mental abilities that included memory functioning and information processing.

In addition, they also compared their findings with their level of intelligence. How did they do this? They used vocabulary tests to check whether brain functioning declined over time. They found that those with higher level of cortisol which is the stress hormone, declined in brain functioning.

What can we do to fight this? Since the higher level of cortisol has shown to have declined the brain functioning , then it follows that regulating the cortisol level will solve the problem. Stress is also found to raise the risk for memory loss that is related to diabetes.

In this connection, one recommendation is massage therapy. Massage, some experts say not only enhances the well-being but also it reduces stress. They also say that it may lower the incidence of neuropathic ulceration in the diabetics as well as improve the mobility.

3. A Success Quotation of the Month

The person who gets the farthest is generally the one who is willing to do and dare. The sure-thing boat never gets far from shore." –Dale Carnegie

4. And here’s the dessert recipe we promised you.

Healthy Recipe: Apples With Dip

Instead of rewriting the recipe, I will just put the link here that when you click will lead you to the recipe. This will make the monthly newsletter more concise. Here it goes: http://www.mayoclinic.com/health/healthy-recipes/NU00361

5. Let's laugh together at this joke even if it's not funny. Laughing will help get us healthy.

How is a healthy person like the United States? They both have good constitutions!

6. Question: I am hungry all the time ever since I was put on insulin. What can I do to lessen the hunger pangs?

Answer: One expert said that if there is not that much change in the glucose levels, then we can explore the other causes of the hunger. Could you be depressed due to having to use insulin? Or are you more active and so you get more hungry? Are you tired of eating the same type of foods? How about adding more fiber in what you eat? That will make you feel full.

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That's it for this edition, our friends. Thank you for reading. Until next time, here's wishing you success in your diabetes management.

Roger and Evelyn Guzman

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