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Diabetes Positive Approach, Issue #905-- Cope with Diabetes; Live Healthy
May 05, 2009

Diabetes Positive Approach Newsletter # 905
May 5, 2009

The need to cure the ailing system is one thing we know for sure. They say the biggest problem is the uninsured. We beg to differ for we believe that the unchecked rise in health spending is the bigger problem. So what steps should be taken to cure the sick system? First and foremost is to make sure every American has health insurance. Then get rid of the racial inequality in the care received. Fix the Medicare drug benefit and institute a report card on the quality of care. Now we know we cannot solve this problem by ourselves but letting the politicians know what we want done may spur them into action. Meantime, here's what's covered in this issue:

1. What's new at

2. 10 Ways to Avoid Diabetes Complications

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:

New Program Fights Diabetes In Children
Great things happen when people join together to take care of the problem regarding children developing type 2 diabetes. The children are taught to exercise instead of sitting on the couch and to eat healthier instead of junk food. This has happened in one elementary school but there are plans to involve all elementary schools in the county.

Keep Tabs on Blood Sugar and Eat Well to Fend off Diabetes
That's true, there is so much improvement and discoveries that help make the diabetic life that much easier to bear. I am glad to have come across this article as there is something new here in the sense that fat cells in the belly section behave as their own endocrine organ which leads to resistance to insulin.

DIABETES: Blue Cross Blue Shield Program Deserves Expansion
Bridge to Excellence is a great project that will help stem the rising tide of diabetes. It will only be a great benefit because the physicians involved will be able to identify those who are at risk. If these people are screened then they will be able to work at preventing or at least delaying the onset of this condition.

Millions Remain Unaware of Diabetes Threat
I know it is not simple to treat diabetes but despite this, one can still live a full and meaningful life. Thank goodness for the insulin pump and other discoveries that have made life simpler, thus enabling the diabetics to have a normal life.

Here's the new addition to the website:

Diabetes Diet Easter

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

Body-Weight Regulation Experts Report on Research Related to Obesity

Telemedicine Shows Potential Benefit for Treating Eye Diseases

Lack of Support in Schools for Children with Diabetes

Articles Published at Ezinearticles on:

Amputation Risk May Increase By Wrong-Sized Shoes

Complex Carbohydrates and Avoiding Sugar - Still the Health Protectors?

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

Healthy Living, Healthy Life

2. 10 Strategies to Prevent Diabetes Complications

  • Commit to manage your diabetes by keeping in touch with your diabetes care team. Learn as much as you can about this condition, eat healthy, exercise, keep healthy weight and the blood sugar within the target level.
  • Make sure your pneumonia, flu and other vaccines are up-to-date as high blood sugar can weaken your immune system.
  • Have an annual physical an eye exam with the doctor checking signs of damage to nerves and kidney and heart problems in addition to other medical problems. The eye doctor will check if there is cataract, glaucoma and damage to the retina.
  • Take care of your feet by washing and drying them between the toes while checking for cuts, blisters, redness, sores and swelling daily. Report immediately to the doctor if sore does not heal in a few days.
  • Pay attention to the care of your teeth by brushing them twice daily, flossing once a day and scheduling a dental appointment twice a year. Report any bleeding of the gums, swelling and redness as diabetics are prone to gum infection.
  • Maintain blood pressure and cholesterol within target levels. If regular exercise and healthy eating will not help, get the doctor to prescribe medication if needed.
  • Quit smoking as this increases the risk of stroke and heart attack.
  • Take a low dose of aspirin every day as it can lower the risk of stroke and heart attack. Consult with your doctor as to the strength of aspirin that's best for you.
  • Drink alcohol responsibly and in moderation with a meal.
  • Take control of your stress as it may make you discard your diabetes care by getting enough sleep, setting limits, prioritizing what you need to do and learning how to relax.

Get a print out of the above and get into the habit of checking each item as you get it done by putting the date when it is accomplished. Diabetes is serious and requires a 24/7 commitment but it can be done to the point you will live a long, happy and fruitful life. Just look at some of our role models like Mary Tyler Moore, Charlie Kimball, a race car driver, and Dr. David S. Fox, 1922-2009, a Chicago surgeon who never let diabetes slow him down. Hah! We will have our last laugh yet at this diabetes thing, just you wait and see.

3. A Success Quotation of the Month

How you answer critics when they say you can't....
Your answer should always be "Watch Me!"
The decisions you make.....
You decide or life decides for you.
The talent you have.....
The only talent you need is a talent for work.

No one can tell us what we can't do because we can. Even though we hit some bumps on the road, we just get up and go again. There is always a reason why things happen. Look, had Roger not gotten diabetes we would not be doing this. What? And miss the people who wrote to us for help and thanked us at the same time?

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

Bread Pudding With Apple



  • 1 t. ground cinnamon
  • 1/4 cup Splenda or another brand
  • 2 diced large apples
  • 2 cups low fat milk
  • 1 T. brown sugar
  • 1 cup egg substitute
  • 1 1/2 t. vanilla extract
  • 8 slices of toasted 100% whole-wheat bread
  • 1 1/2 pint low fat vanilla frozen yogurt


  • a. Set oven at 375 degrees and coat with nonstick spray a 9" square baking dish.
  • b. Mix cinnamon and sugar in a small dish and set aside to use later.
  • c. Blend egg substitute, milk, brown sugar & vanilla extract in a blender.
  • d. Arrange half the toast in the baking dish sprinkling it with half of the apples and the cinnamon-sugar mixture. Repeat for another layer.
  • e. Pour over this the milk and egg mixture.
  • f. Bake for 40-50 minutes uncovered until it passes the test of a knife inserted in center coming out clean.
  • g. Put scoops of frozen yogurt on top of each square. (The baked dessert is cut into squares.)

This is one of the happy endings that will make you feel glad. Why? Because you will taste the flavor of the fruit without leaving you feeling stuffed. Instead, you will feel recharged, revitalized and refreshed. What more can one ask?

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

These numbers are trying to tell me something-I just wish I knew what it was! (The numbers refer to the blood glucose level reading.)

Here's the latest on laughter: A study found that those who laugh every day have better cholesterol than those who do not. Laughter can help improve the cholesterol level and possibly the risk of heart attack. It is indeed a good medicine "maybe as valuable as the diabetes medicine you are taking."

Here are some diabetes news alert:

Backers of Stem Cell Research are on Guard
We admire these vigilant people for working hard to make sure that what is important is not lost. We don't know anyway why some people are dead set against the use of stem cells when these could really help a lot of people. They cite the reason for their opposition on the ethical issue but that has been attended to because there is now no way a life will be destroyed in order for the stem cells to work.

Diabetics Skip Care in Recession
Skipping on one's diabetic care is not good but what else can they do if there is no money coming in? I am sure though that is what is happening because statistics do not lie and the drop on the sales of diabetic supplies and doctor appointments are evidences that the diabetics are skipping on their care.

Drug May Not Help Diabetes-Related Eye Damage
Since the drug calcium dobesilate has been found not to prevent retinopathy among the diabetics, then this should be taken out of the arsenal to help prevent complication. However this should be left to the individual and his doctor to decide what will be the best course of action.

Diabetes and Alcohol
I agree that diabetics should try to limit or avoid alcohol for the excellent reasons mentioned in the article. Especially when one already has complications, alcohol will only exacerbate the situation. The damage to the nerves can become worse. To make sure, consult with the doctor to see if it is safe to have alcohol.

Are Kids with Diabetes Getting the Care They Need at School?
That is so good of Utah to have passed a law to ensure the safety of diabetic children by allowing them to bring the tools and insulin they need. Also the law has a part that makes it possible to have a trained volunteer administer what is needed to make sure the children's life is not threatened. I hope all the states will have similar laws.

The website below has more but find out if you want to join us for free for some diabetes alert or not.

Free Tips and Alert

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 June, 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.

That's all for now our friends. Thank you for taking the time to read this newsletter. Relax as much as possible. Try meditation for it helps quiet the mind. As you do this from day to day, the calm carries over the rest of the time and things will not bother you as much. 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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