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Diabetes Positive Approach, Issue #904-- Cope with Diabetes; Live Healthy
April 07, 2009

Diabetes Positive Approach Newsletter # 904
April 7, 2009

Looking on the bright side is what we like to be this month's theme for this newsletter. The financial meltdown does not mean a predicament for our personal health. If you're already active, eating healthy and spending time with family and friends, then you're on the right track. Just keep them up. If that is not where you are, then this Easter is the time to effect a change and now let's get on with the topics covered in this issue:

1. What's new at

2. A Health Quiz on How Much Do You Know About Your Diabetes and Diet
The Daily Plan of Someone Who Lost 200 Pounds
3. A Success Quotation of the Month

4. Dessert Recipe

5. Some Humor and Alerts

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:

Diabetes Attack Overcomes Driver Before Crash
March 27, 2009

LifeScan Diabetes Management for Apple's iPhone
March 20, 2009
Some may want to try this so it is good to put it out in the open. Some people though are technologically challenged like me so this will have to include a good customer service and support system in place. This gadget is good because it calculates the sugar consumption in real time.

Stem Cell Infusion And Hyperbaric Oxygen Treatment Improve Islet Function in Diabetes
March 13, 2009

Amputation Could Be Avoided With A New Foot Wound Model Called 'Betty'
March 6, 2009

The second alert is self-explanatory as it comes with snippets of information.

For the rest, you can gain access to all aforementioned news at Newsalert

If you get there later you will still find them at: Alert 1.

Here are the other new additions to the website:

Diabetes Risk Factors

Diabetes Screening

Here are the new additions at our sister site at Blogging for Diabetes and You

Diabetes Cases Growing Along the Mexico Border
March 25, 2009

Good News from Center for Disease Control
March 18, 2009

Awareness to Growing Diabetes Crisis
March 11, 2009

National Institute of Health Awards Grant to Improve Research Competitiveness
March 4, 2009

Videos: Just click the links below and scroll down the page to see the video.

March 20, 2009

How Diabetes Occurs and How to Treat it. Watch this video and find out if there is something more you have to know. It is only five minutes long. It is a well done video that may add to your know-how.

What Causes Diabetes

Articles Published at Ezinearticles on:

Facts About Diabetes on Eye Complications

Diabetes, Hypertension, and Heart Disease - What's the Connection?

Caring For Babies of Diabetic Mothers - With Tender Loving Care

You will find the above articles at Dr. Roger Guzman's Articles

Healthy Living, Healthy Life

2a. The Daily Plan of Someone Who Lost 200 Pounds

5:00 AM Half an hour of aerobic exercise to an exercise video or half an hour on the treadmill

6:00 AM Breakfast - bowl of oatmeal with fresh fruits, flaxseeds and skimmed milk or dry cereal rich in fiber with skimmed milk and coffee

6:30 AM Walk to the subway instead of hubby driving her there with the pedometer counting the steps. The goal is 10,000 steps each day.

9:00 AM Snack - Soy protein powder mixed with skimmed milk and black coffee

12:00 PM Lunch - Ordered turkey burger, without the roll and salad with dressing that is low in fat or if brought from home, any lean fish, chicken or tofu with steamed vegetables

3:00 PM One cup of light cottage cheese or one cup of yogurt that is low fat, both with apple or other fresh fruit

5:00 PM Pass by a health food store on the way home. If at this time there is a craving for food, wait for 15 minutes and usually it subsides

6:00 PM While preparing dinner, to avoid nibbling, have a whole wheat cracker with nut butter. Dinner could be a rotisserie chicken with the skin removed (the hardest part of the whole plan because the skin is the most favorite part) with vegetables or Beef Soup with lots of vegetables prepared in the weekend. Dessert is fruit salad.

In addition to the above, drink two liters of water through the day (If you do, you won't get pain in the neck.) And then in the weekends, get an extra half hour of exercise by walking around the neighborhood and perhaps have a glass of wine sometimes. Check with the doctor, remember. Then of course, have a snack of popcorn without butter at around 9:00 PM.

2b. Take this quiz and find out how much do you know about diabetes and your diet. There are five questions in all that will check what you know about insulin, glucose and counting carbs. The answer is either true or false. The answers are down below almost to the end of this newsletter; don't peek!

  • Medications prescribed by the doctor alone will always be enough to control diabetes. It is not necessary to change your diet. True or False?
  • Carbohydrates that you consume turn into glucose in the body. True or False?
  • Carbohydrate counting is the only dietary way to help control diabetes. True or False?
  • Type 1 diabetics still produce some insulin but it's either not sufficient or the cells ignore the insulin while the type 2 diabetics produce no insulin at all. True or False?
  • Type 1 diabetics produce no insulin at all while the type 2 diabetics produce some insulin but not adequate. True or False?

3. A Success Quotation of the Month

The thing that goes the farthest
Toward making life worthwhile;
That costs the least and does the most,
Is just a pleasant smile.
Harry A Wilson

How true that is! It lifts people up when you smile at them. Even the grouchiest person will be forced to smile back. It is the littlest smile but it may turn one around from disgruntled killer to someone who will think it over first before he starts shooting at people. Who knows what a smile can do?

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

This dessert is delicious and on top of that it is light. You can't beat this combination for ice cream and fruit go together like ham and eggs. Wait a minute, I don't have to sell this to you. Try it and you will like it; you will want it week after week.

Ice Cream and Broiled Fruits


  • 2 cups fresh raspberries
  • 1 cup Sucralose Sweetener - Splenda or another brand
  • 1/2 cup simple syrup
  • 2 sliced plums
  • 2 peeled and sliced peaches
  • 2 sliced nectarines
  • 1 teaspoon fresh lemon juice
  • 2 tablespoons melted butter
  • 6 scoops vanilla ice cream


  • a. Dissolve 1 cup Sucralose Sweetener - Splenda or other brand in 1 cup of boiling water and allow to cool. Remove sediment by straining through a coffee filter. Use for any recipe calling for simple syrup.
  • b. After straining out all seeds, store simple syrup in the fridge until ready to use.
  • c. Puree raspberries, simple syrup, and lemon juice in a blender until smooth.
  • d. Spoon some of the puree onto oven-proofed plates and arrange the peach, plum, and nectarine slices in an attractive manner.
  • e. Brush the fruits lightly with the melted butter.
  • f. Broil until the fruits are warmed all the way through.
  • g. Put a scoop of vanilla ice cream in the middle of the plate and serve right away.

The Easter weekend is the official commencement of spring which heralds celebrations of all kinds ending up with a gastronomic bang. Choose therefore a delectable dessert. And what could be better than the combination of ice cream and broiled fruits?

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

Walking- it's not just for the dogs!

Okay, that's still not funny so send us some jokes, will you? We're sure your jokes will be more funny than ours because we laugh at every little thing. Let's see who will send the funniest joke ever!

Here are some diabetes news alert:

Mount Sinai Hospital Researcher Makes Stem Cell Breakthrough
This is indeed good news when stem cells can be regrown without the use of viruses. Neither does this discovery use embryonic stem cells that come with it such ethical and moral issues. This will lead to new treatment based on stem cells that may be what the diabetics are waiting for.

Sad or Angry Teens Have Less Success With Diabetes Control
Diabetes management is really difficult for adolescents because this is the stage when they are struggling for independence from their parents. But those who have positive emotions have more control of their blood glucose level so the message is clear for those who work with diabetic teenagers. Knowing that this issue is a two-way traffic of the moods affecting the blood glucose level and the results affecting the mood will help the health care team understand the situation better.

10 Diabetes Super Foods
This is a valuable article on the ten diabetes super foods (vegetables, fruits, beans, fiber-rich cereals, fish rich in omega-3, skin-less chicken breast, nuts, olive oil, yogurt and cinnamon). They're really good to know and will help a lot with the blood glucose control. The additional explanation for each one is also most welcome because we will be able to watch the calorie-packed ones so we can go easy on them. Hint: The nuts have high calories.

Diabetes of the Brain
This is a good discussion on Alzheimer’s and diabetes but it is clear there is no consensus yet as to what causes the former. It makes sense though that some call this as type 3 diabetes for the simple reason that memory loss is related to insulin resistance. I am with the lady who wants the fighting over who is right at meetings to end. Instead they should just come up with something definite.

Hypoglycemia Alert
Hypoglycemia is making some diabetics add a different kind of help from the usual glucose monitors, test strips and lancets. They use assistance dogs to alert them when their glucose level is going dangerously low. Apparently, these dogs are trained to sense when a hypoglycemia episode is coming and so give an alert that could save life. They also say that some dogs not only sense the low blood sugar but also they can sense the high blood sugar too. Scientists don't know for sure how the dogs are able to do this but they suspect that it is due to some kind of chemical. The website below has more information on hypoglycemia after you check whether you want to join us for free for some diabetes alert or not.

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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 on the first Tuesday of May, 2009. 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.

Here are the answers to the Quiz:

1. False. Diabetics should closely watch what they eat and keep track and work on lowering the blood sugar level.
2. True
3. False. There are several dietary ways that can be used to help control blood glucose levels. The plate method for example, involves planning a meal by drawing an imaginary line down your plate to separate food groups. Then there is the low-glycemic diet which involves eating foods like pasta, nuts, peas, beans and lentils and lentils.
4. False. The reverse is true. Type 1 diabetics do not produce the hormone insulin, while type 2 diabetics produce some insulin, but it's either not enough or the cells ignore the hormone.
5. True

Quizzes like this may motivate those with diabetes to try to learn more about their condition. This will help in the management and in the execution of the diabetes care plan to see if it is working or not. This way adjustments can be made until the right treatment path is found.

That's all for now our friends. Thank you for taking the time to read this newsletter. Let this Easter be a new beginning again. If stressed, meditation will help you become more relaxed. It won’t happen overnight but you‘ll feel better as time passes by. This is great because stress increases the heart rate, blood pressure and respiration while meditation slows them down. Take very good care of yourselves and we'll talk to you again soon. Until then, we wish the best for you.

Roger and Evelyn Guzman

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Diabetes Positive Approach Newsletter 805

Diabetes Positive Approach Newsletter 806

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