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Diabetes Positive Approach, Issue #102-- Cope with Diabetes; Live Healthy
February 02, 2010

Diabetes Positive Approach Newsletter # 102

What we eat affects our well-being so this is the theme we chose for this month's newsletter. Talking about this issue has been going on for ages but now modern science has literally come to the table jolting us into thinking that we need certain amount to survive but over abundance is a problem.

So for this issue we will meet the superman of super foods, Dr. Steven Pratt who will clear up some doubts in our mind. In addition, he will share with us his very own list of super foods. Including these in our daily meals will boost our immune system.

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

1. What's new at

2. Dr. Steven Pratt's List of 14 Super Foods

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 but if the link is broken, you have an idea from the snippets of information:

Reform Promises to Lower Bills for Chronic Illness

I am glad the American Diabetes Association has that petition so that the Congress will pass the bill to cover the basic needs of the diabetics. In addition that petition asks for access to preventative services and others to ensure adequate care.

Stress Peptide and Receptor May Have Role in Diabetes

The research goes marching along but we appreciate what the researchers are doing for at least the way to a cure is still ongoing despite the fact that there are more unanswered questions. Knowledge keeps piling up though so the next research can capitalize or use what has been found on the present one and hopefully advance a little bit more.

Diabasics is New Diabetes Management Software for Mac OS X

This looks like an important software to use as it logs the data needed to manage this condition. I can't believe it even remembers which finger you pricked last. And the price is not bad either. It is well within reach of the diabetics I know.

The ABCs of Diabetes Mellitus

That answer to Kareen's question must have eased the mind somewhat because although there is a strong genetic tendency to develop the condition, one can work at lowering the risk of getting it. He can turn this around into positive territory and avoid the complications, thus enjoying a normal life.

Walgreens Stores to Offer Diabetes Consultations

Now do you wonder why Walgreens is my favorite drugstore? Imagine establishing a wellness program that could become nationwide. Imagine all the people that company is going to help. The diabetics can have as many as four to six consultations a year. That is a good thing when some only get an hour of information regarding this condition. Hurrah for Walgreens!

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

Diabetes Tips

Reversing_2 Diabetes

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:

How to Manage Diabetes Will Stem the Tide of Increasing Diabetes Rates, How Did the Plan Go

Link Between Children's Nutrition and Adult Diseases

Happier After Type 1 Diabetes Diagnosis

Article Published on:

Obesity-Related Cardiovascular Damage, Interventions That Work - The Third One is a Surprise!

You will find the above article at Just copy the above title on the search box where it says content and the title and the first three lines will appear. Then just click more if you want to read the rest of the article.

Healthy Living, Healthy Life

2. List of 14 Super Foods from Dr. Superman Himself

Renowned all over the world as the authority on the role nutrition plays in the prevention of disease and optimizing health, Dr. Steven Pratt is known as the super man of super foods. He is also a senior staff at La Jolla, California's Scripps Memorial Hospital in the ophthalmology department.

Dr. Steven Pratt is also an assistant clinical professor at San Diego. He wrote the book called "SuperFoods Rx: Fourteen Foods. He said they are better for us than others and have been selected based on gold-standard research all over the world. They are recognized to prevent disease and prolong our health span and probably the life too.

  • Beans are a great low-calorie, low-fat source of protein. It is also a great way to keep the weight down and control the blood glucose as well.
  • Blueberries are the best food to protect the young brain as it matures
  • Broccoli is best protection against cancer.
  • Oats can lower the cholesterol, just like that.
  • Oranges are a great source of vitamin C. Readily available, they are known to lower the causes of death rate in the United States like from cancer and heart disease.
  • Pumpkins are so loaded with phytonutrients that keep the skin young and helps prevent damage from the sun.
  • Skinless turkey breast is the most lean meat in the world. It is a great source of protein, the leanest one there is.
  • Soy is the only one of its kind that is a great source of protein.
  • Spinach is the best food in the world that ensures good vision that lasts a lifetime. It helps prevent age-related macular degeneration and cataracts.
  • Tea, either green or black, helps avoid cancer and heart disease in the easiest, cheapest way possible. On top of this, it contains no calorie.
  • Tomatoes can help men avoid prostate cancer in the easiest way possible. So does the consumption of any tomato-based products.
  • Walnuts lowers the risk of cardiovascular disease. It is an easy tasty way to avoid heart disease.
  • Wild salmon lowers the risk for death due to cardiac arrest. Experts say, this is a guaranteed way.
  • Yogurt boosts the immune system in the tasty easy way so let's go for it.

3. A Success Quotation of the Month

Happiness does not come from doing easy work but from the afterglow of satisfaction that comes after the achievement of a difficult task that demanded our best. - Theodore Isaac Rubin

I know it is not easy managing diabetes, There is the endless task of monitoring it. But at the end of the day, we can congratulate ourselves for having done the best we can, really better than any non-diabetic could have done each and every day.

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

Recipe: Apple-Blueberry Cobbler

If you use whole wheat flour, you will get the fiber including the wholesome wheat germ and the bran that coats the grains. There will be a nutty taste to it with the texture being courser but it is still yummy. The lusciousness of the fruit will come alive in your mouth. By the way, it serves 8, so invite some friends for a tea party and have two super foods right off the bat.


  • 2 large apples, peeled, cored and sliced thinly
  • 2 tablespoons sugar
  • 1 tablespoon lemon juice
  • 1 teaspoon ground cinnamon
  • 2 tablespoons cornstarch
  • 12 ounces of frozen or fresh blueberries /


  • 1/4 teaspoon salt
  • 3/4 cup all purpose flour
  • 3/4 cup whole wheat flour
  • 1 1/2 teaspoon baking powder
  • 2 tablespoons sugar
  • 4 tablespoons of trans fat free margarine
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla
  • 1/2 cup milk, fat-free


  • a. Preheat the oven to 400 F. With cooking spray, lightly coat a 9-inch square dish for baking.
  • b. Add apple slices, sprinkling them with lemon juice.
  • c. Prepare the topping. Combine the cornstarch, sugar and cinnamon in a small bowl. Add to the apples and gently toss to mix. Stir in the blueberries and spread the whole mixture evenly in the prepared baking dish. Set aside.
  • d. Combine the sugar, flours, salt and baking powder in another large bowl. With a fork, cut the margarine into the dry ingredients until the whole mixture looks like coarse crumbs. After adding the milk and vanilla, stir until a moist dough forms. With floured hands, turn the dough onto a floured surface where you can knead it until smooth. With a rolling pin, roll the dough into a rectangle 1/2 inch thick and cut into pieces.
  • e. Place these pieces on top of the apple-blueberry mixture.
  • f. Bake for about 30 minutes or until the apples are tender and the topping is golden brown. Serve warm.

In this dessert, the flavor and the texture are the stars that take center stage. The milk, sugar and vanilla along with the rest are just the bit players giving support to the stars. The purpose here is to make one feel refreshed, after cleaning the palate from the meal that preceded this lovely ending.

One serving has 212 calories, 37 g carbs, 4 g of dietary fiber, trace of cholesterol, 6 g of total fat, 4 g of protein, 1 g of saturated fat, 2 g of monounsaturated fat, 202 mg of sodium, 149 mg of potassium, 48 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.

Have you ever tried to suppress a giggle you couldn't absolutely control? There is nothing better than it, is there? Well, as long as it does not happen in church, in school or in a meeting it's fine. But really, laughter is wonderful. There are a number of health benefits attached to it.

Here's a joke I heard someone say. A wife bought a GPS for her husband for Valentine's Day. (Happy Valentine's Day to You All!) This way, she won't have to look at the map to navigate for her husband to turn left here and turn right there. From now on the GPS lady will have to do it.

And so it happened, the GPS lady told him where to turn left and where to turn right. So this man told his friend how useful his GPS is for him. The friend said, "Great, now you have two women telling you where to go." And he laughed heartily at his own joke.

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 we have to say for now. Time is on our side. Just breathe deeply and enjoy life. Limit time spent with members of the family who are demanding. Don't get sucked in old arguments. Change the subject and if you can't, just walk away.

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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