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Diabetes Positive Approach, Issue #908-- Cope with Diabetes; Live Healthy
September 01, 2009

Diabetes Positive Approach Newsletter # 909

Let's think of this condition as mind over matter. We can think of ourselves as getting better, by training our brains into doing what must be done. The modern way to do it is through visualization techniques about creating better health habits. Doing this "think well" strategy may move us forward. And now let's look at the topics for this month's newsletter:

1. What's new at

2. Taking a Closer Look at Cholesterol

3. A Success Quotation of the Month

4. Dessert Recipe

5. Some Humor and Diabetes Alerts and Tips

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:

Doctors Discuss Diabetes Prevention At Conference

I like it when I hear doctors are focusing on prevention although in this case with some form of treatment. Gone are the days when lifestyle changes will suffice so combining it with Metformin to make sure that the pre-diabetics will prevent the condition from becoming full blown is probably here to stay.

At Risk of Diabetes? Probably. Find Out How Much...

Indeed the numbers do not lie. The chances are that some will be found to be pre-diabetic based on the statistics but it is not the end of the road. For once this is diagnosed, strategies to prevent the full blown version will be laid out. After all, change in lifestyle has been proven to turn things around.

Insulet Corporation Q2 2009 Earnings Call Transcript

The Insulet Corporation has done well despite the tough economic times. They launched their second generation PDM at the American Diabetes Association. The new system is sleek and has many important features. It is indeed a cutting edge technological tool.

DH to Audit Hospital Diabetes Services This planned audit will only contribute to better patient care for the diabetics. Since insulin-prescribing errors is top among the mistakes made, then this audit will clarify the situation and will make recommendation to improve the situation. I think they have also done this in the US when they listed the best hospitals in different categories.

Gut Hormone Could be Key to Blood Sugar This is new information that will help in our fight against diabetes. It is amazing how scientists work this out. If this hormone can tell the liver to stop manufacturing glucose, then we will be closer to winning the battle against this condition. This reminds me of a discovery that a doctor made. Find out why are they mad at this doctor. She will talk to you and tell you all about it.

Here's the new addition to the website:

Diabetes Tips

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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:

Amputations Linked to Mental Health

Black Community Urged to Make Lifestyle Change

USA's Top Diabetes Magazine on its 62nd Year

Oral Treatment for Diabetes Discovered?

Articles Published at Ezinearticles on:

Blood Glucose Meter - Know The Easier Way to Test

Good News on Peripheral Neuropathy - Causes and Diagnosis

Good News on Peripheral Neuropathy - Prevention and Treatment

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

Healthy Living, Healthy Life

2. Taking a Closer Look at Cholesterol

As you see there are two kinds of cholesterol. One is good and the other is bad, just to confuse us. So not all cholesterol is created equal but we need to understand the difference so we can make the right decision for our diet. The following will spell out the difference between the two:

  • HDL is short for high-density lipoprotein. The body naturally produces this and is the good guy. Why is it good? Because it helps with the removal of the bad cholesterol in the arteries.
  • LDL is short for low density lipoprotein which is the bad cholesterol. Why is it bad? Because it forms on the arterial walls that lead to the brain and the heart. It makes the arteries hard over time making them clogged with plaque. When this plaque breaks free, it causes a clot which if it forms in the heart leads to a heart attack. If the clot forms in the brain, then a stroke occurs.

So how do we get the good guy to fight the bad one in our favor? Simple, just change the foods that are high in saturated fat and cholesterol to:

  • five or more servings of fruits and vegetables a day
  • whole grain pasta, cereal and breads
  • fish and skinless poultry and cuts of meat that are leaner.

If you then exercise 30 or 60 minutes a day, at least three times a week, maintain healthy weight and quit smoking, you're good to go. There you have it. You should not have any bad cholesterol when you do all the above. You must be wondering why we put such an emphasis on cholesterol. Well, it's because diabetics have a high risk for heart attack and stroke. And we do not want to lose you for we will miss you so much.

3. A Success Quotation of the Month

"Anything you dream can come true." Danielle Marie

That is so true. When I was growing up, I dreamed I will be a teacher, I will have a nice home and family and I will travel all over the world. And you know what? They have all come true. That is why I am doing this eight hour a day job with no expectation in return because I feel it's time for me to give back to the world what it gave to me. Do you know what I am dreaming now? That all of you guys will get better!

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

This takes only 15 minutes to prepare but 55 minutes to cook. It is easy to prepare and oh so delicious. In the spirit of this month's theme of low carb, we chose this dessert recipe to feature because it is considered to be low carb as well.

Mocha Cake With Walnut


  • ¼ teaspoon ground cinnamon
  • 2 tablespoons of mocha instant coffee mix that is fat-free and sugar-free
  • 1 teaspoon baking powder
  • ¼ cup sugar
  • 1/8 teaspoon salt
  • ¼ cup cholesterol-free egg substitute
  • 1 tsp. vanilla extract
  • 1 ½ cups all-purpose flour
  • ¼ cup Splenda
  • ½ teaspoon baking soda
  • 2 tablespoons melted butter
  • 6 ounces plain fat-free yogurt
  • ¼ cup finely chopped walnuts


  • a. Preheat oven to 350°F and spray 8-inch square baking pan with nonstick cooking spray.
  • b. Combine coffee mix and cinnamon in small bowl.
  • c. Combine flour, Splenda, sugar, baking soda, baking powder, and salt in large bowl.
  • d. Combine yogurt, vanilla, butter, egg substitute a in small bowl and then add it to the flour mixture, stirring until moistened.
  • e. Spread batter into prepared pan. Sprinkle with reserved coffee mixture and walnuts. .
  • f. Bake for half an hour until toothpick inserted into center comes out clean. Cut into 9 pieces and serve warm. . .

One serving has 166 calories, 25 g total carbs, 1 g of dietary fiber, 5 g total fat, 2 g saturated fat, 4 g of protein, 212 mg of sodium, 8 mg of cholesterol. 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.

A diabetic walked into the "When Pigs Fly Bakery" in Boston where I was two weekends ago. Everything looked so good a customer just had to ask the baker if there was something there that would be good for someone with diabetes. You know what the baker said? "Everything is good here as long as you don't put it in your mouth". Both laughed but actually the bakery has some whole wheat bread and baked goods that are sugar-free.

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. Try to make small changes for big health benefits like knowing there is no healthy breakfast in fast food places. Make something yourself with high fiber like oatmeal. Get rid of trans fat because that's just like eating wax and get enough physical exercise like those who live in Sardinia and Okinawa, Japan where people have the longest life span because they carry water they need in a bucket and firewood to keep them warm. We do not have to go down to that level, just exercise, okay? Take good care of yourselves and thank you for taking the time to read this newsletter.

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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