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Diabetes Positive Approach, Issue #101-- Cope with Diabetes; Live Healthy
January 05, 2010

Diabetes Positive Approach Newsletter # 101

There is another reason why we should exercise. It provides a wonderful brain boost. They say that good heart health leads to higher IQ. Quite a few studies attest to this to the point it is no longer a hypothesis but some consider it as a theory.

When they tested teenagers, the researchers found that those with better cardiovascular health performed higher on the intelligence tests and ended up with better education and higher income. Can you imagine that? That is why, we decided to feature in this issue the ten steps to guide us on our way to better health.

Meantime, here are the topics for this month's newsletter:

1. What's new at

2. Ten Steps to Better Health

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

First let's see what are the new additions to the website. We scoured the net for the most relevant news. We worked hard to make them live or clickable for you at the risk of Google getting mad because he hates broken links. But what can we do if the news provider deletes his news? It is still a small price to pay for the chance that you may like to read the whole story. Anyway, if the link is broken, you have an idea from the snippets of information:

Six Questions Simplify Diabetes Screening

Those six questions certainly make things simpler to do a diabetes screening and one can do it himself. After finding the score, then a decision is to be made whether to go and see the doctor as soon as possible. The questions are easy to answer and to calculate one's score is easy as well.

Cell Sees Progress in Diabetes Treatment

This may be the help type 1 diabetics have been waiting for. This may be a sneaky way to get even with the immune system which attacks the body without any provocation so we may do the same thing to it with no bad effects on the immune system unlike the one that made the type 1 diabetics suffer so.

Senate Health Care Follies

Yes, the debates are depressing; sometimes you can't separate the sheep from the goats but I am all for the ones who support health care insurance for everyone. Let us have the basic insurance passed first and then worry about the next. Having the basic is better than no insurance at all.

Class of Diabetes Drugs Linked to Heart Problems

Thank you for letting us know this so we can take the necessary steps to make sure we are not at risk for heart problems. We will check up this new concern with our doctor to see if we should switch to Metformin since the other group in this study was taking that diabetes drug.

Low-Carb Diets Hurt Hearts, Study Says

Well, this is something we have to spread around so many will learn of the danger posed by low-carb and high-fat diets. A lot of people will get confused, I know with this pronouncement and it will produce a flurry of questions from people who read my website. But it is better to be forewarned.

Child Diabetes Blamed on Food Sweetener

If that is the finding that fructose raises the occurrence of diabetes and heart disease, never mind making us gain weight, then that should be banned in the food processing industry. I thought this was not the first time mentioned about fructose as the culprit for gaining weight but I guess it is more important to know that it increases not only diabetes but also heart disease as well.
5 Habits That Put You at Risk for Diabetes

This article contains very helpful hints to follow in order to avoid diabetes. We should get articles like this out in the open where it will be accessible to all. In fact this can be used in a Diabetes Prevention Program, that is how much I am impressed by this article.

Here's the new addition to the website. There are new items added in the tip section:

Diabetes Tips

Prevent Diabetes

Prevent Diabetes_1

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:

Introduction to Type 2 Diabetes Provided By Iowa Health

Eye Sight Threatened By Diabetes Awarded Grant For Research

Blood Glucose Lowering Agent Approved by FDA

Oral Insulin Capsule Created

Articles Published at Ezinearticles on:

Inhaled Insulin, How Does it Work?

Critical Illness Hyperglycemia - New Cause Identified

Blood Pressure Drug Combination Reduces Kidney Disease Risk in Diabetics, Believe it Or Not

Healthy Living, Healthy Life

2. Ten Steps on the Road to Better Health

We all know we should not eat too much. Neither are we supposed to drink a lot nor smoke at all. But that's all easier said than done. Sometimes it hurts to make a health habit breakthrough so let us start small, shall we? For instance, washing the hands for 20 seconds can spell the difference especially during the flu season. Here are ten steps to help you take charge of your health:

  • Keep a journal where you can write everything you eat. Studies have shown that the more one writes, the more weight is lost.
  • Drink water instead of soda as sweet beverage contributes to weight gain, obesity and type 2 diabetes. Even drinking diet sodas makes one gain weight, so says a research.
  • Move more by taking a walk as we are meant to move. Walking activates all the body systems.
  • Build the muscles as there is truth in "if you don't use it, you lose it". Start with 10 push ups for the upper body and 10 lunges and 10 squats for the lower body.
  • Blow the stress away as those who are stressed out tend to catch more colds and other viruses and it takes them longer to recover from them. Some stress relievers are meditation, yoga, tai chi, deep breathing and exercise.
  • Eat whole foods like fruits and vegetables, seeds, nuts, eggs, and whole grains that are not processed.
  • Be sociable. Join a club, a church group or a sports team. Keep in contact with your friends. Doing all these creates a sense of social identity that can help reduce the risk of stroke and dementia.
  • Get enough restful sleep. Sleep experts suggest watching a comedy before going to bed; it's better than a sleeping pill.
  • Eat out less often as some restaurant foods have more calories and you could be putting your health in jeopardy.
  • Do something you love to add meaningful things to your life. Finding a passion will get you a higher purpose and this will reduce the risk of death.

3. A Success Quotation of the Month

“Expect the best. Prepare for the worst. Capitalize on what comes” - Zig Ziglar.

Be optimistic and think that things will turn out well. You know if you keep visualizing what you want to happen, it may happen. I have experienced this many times in my life. But then make sure you are prepared for any eventuality. And whatever comes we can turn it around into something good.

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

Recipe: Apple and Berry Cobbler

Believe it or not, this Apple and Berry Cobbler is lighter than its cousin which is a biscuit-topped dessert. You can even have this for a snack. This way, you can take the sneaking out of snacking. And it serves 6 but I am not going to lie to you. The challenge is to find the berries when they are out of season.


  • 2 cups apples, chopped
  • 1 cup fresh blueberries
  • 1 cup fresh raspberries
  • 1/2 teaspoon ground cinnamon
  • 2 tablespoons brown sugar
  • 2 teaspoons lemon juice
  • 1 teaspoon lemon zest
  • 1 1/2 tablespoons cornstarch


  • 1/4 teaspoon salt
  • 1/4 cup soy milk
  • 1 1/2 tablespoons brown sugar
  • 1/2 teaspoon vanilla
  • 3/4 cup whole-wheat pastry flour
  • Egg white from 1 large egg


  • a. Preheat the oven to 350 F. With cooking spray, coat 6 ramekins lightly.
  • b. Add apples, blueberries, raspberries, cinnamon, brown sugar, lemon juice and lemon zest, stirring them to mix well. Stir in the cornstarch until it dissolves. Set the whole bowl of mixture aside.
  • c. Prepare the topping. Whisk the egg white in a separate bowl until lightly beaten. Add and stir well the salt, soy milk, brown sugar, vanilla, and flour.
  • d. Divide the mixture of fruits equally into the six ramekins. Pour the topping over each.
  • e. Arrange the ramekins on a baking pan and place in oven.
  • f. Bake for about 30 minutes or until the berries are tender and the topping is golden brown. Serve warm.

Isn't that a nice happy ending to the meal shared with family or friends? It sure is a dessert that will light up your life. It is almost like an entertainment. Desserts should be entertaining anyway. They should bring to mind some fun and amusement. We should be able to look at the dessert and just feel happy.

One serving has 128 calories, 29 g carbs, 4 g of dietary fiber, trace of total fat, 3 g of protein, trace of saturated fat, trace of monounsaturated fat, 0 mg of cholesterol, 115 mg of sodium (Yikes!), 109 mg of potassium, 28 mg of calcium. Some ingredients are not in the data base so they were excluded in the nutritional analysis.

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

Did you know that laughter boosts our health and sharpens our wit? And it reduces stress as well. But we do not live with the likes of Billy Crystal and we lost the record of Steve Martin when we moved to Ontario last summer. So what do we do?

Don't worry, for we know in our hearts the benefits of laughter. There are quite a few of them. Someday, when I have a chance, I will write about this. Meantime, I will just be satisfied with giving you a laughter exercise so you will get a giggle workout.

Submerge yourself in humor. How? When I find myself needing a laugh, I go to the library and borrow comedy movies, tapes and books. This never fails to give me a reason for a hearty laugh. You don't believe me? Try it and see for yourself.

Here's a joke for you which I got from a forum when I was looking for one just to make you laugh. A three year old and his doctor were having a discussion about diabetes. The doctor wanted him to say DI-A-BE-TES and said it slowly, syllable by syllable. The boy said. "My mommy has DI-A-RHE-A”.

6. Got something to say?

Please write down your questions and comments in the contact form in our website. We will try to answer your questions in the next issue. We will try to put the contact form here but if it does not come on, you will see the contact form at scroll down to see the contact form.

That's all for now our friends. Remember to take good care of yourselves. We will be away for 17 days and already regret having signed up for this trip. Why? Because we will miss you guys and concerned that there may be alerts and news item that you need to know. Here's the deal. If we ever find ourselves near some access to the internet, you can be sure we will communicate with you.

Roger and Evelyn Guzman

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Did you miss the following back issues of this newsletter?

Here are some of them:

Diabetes Positive Approach Newsletter 805

Diabetes Positive Approach Newsletter 806

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