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Diabetes Positive Approach, Issue #910-- Cope with Diabetes; Live Healthy
October 06, 2009

Diabetes Positive Approach Newsletter # 910

Do you practice diabetes healthy eating? Canada has a Food Guide for Healthy Eating which is also good for the diabetics. Its top two recommendations? Enjoy eating an assortment of foods from each group (Grains, Fruits and Vegetables, Milk Group, Meat and Alternatives, and Other) and select foods that have lower fat more often. Following these recommendations can contribute to a healthy and balanced diet. And now enough of this commercial for it's time to look at the topics for this month's newsletter:

1. What's new at

2. Boosting the Immune System Through Diet

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:

The You Docs: Foods that Fight Hearing Loss

I thanked the author for dispelling those myths. It's not helpful to keep believing in them despite the fact they do not have a grain of truth in them. With this article hopefully some will finally face the music. I also like what he said that 90% of those at risk could turn it off.

Dining with Diabetes Class Coming up at Magruder

Dining with diabetes will be a good program for the diabetics. The cooking demonstration will be helpful in the sense that they will see that it is not such a challenge to cook for the diabetics and that all those recipes are good for everyone in the family. Not only that, they also have incorporated up-to-date information.

Diabetic Women Get Fewer Pap Smears, Mammograms

I don't know whether getting less pap smears and mammography testing is a good one or not. It may be good because we do not have to go through those things especially so we get screened for cancer more often anyway. But I am glad this study got to mirror the findings around here. Most Diabetics Falling Short on Healthy Eating

This is bad news for this study found out that people with diabetes are still not eating healthy. I hope the exception will be the people who visit my website because healthy eating is part of my mission. That and becoming physically active will do the trick for losing weight. Not only do I remind them every now and then but also I pray for them to get healthy and I believe more things have been wrought by prayers than many have ever dreamed of.

Study: Lack of Health Insurance Kills 45,000 People Annually

Much as I don't like this news item, I feel that it is essential that we put it out in the open so that the powers that be will understand that every American must be covered by health insurance. US spends the most dollars on health care, why then are there people still not insured?

Friday September 11th: Living With Juvenile Diabetes

That's forty more children a day getting diabetes in my humble opinion because I don't think children should get it at all. Thank goodness we now know that eating healthy and exercising are keys to stop the appearance of this condition. At least the future generation may not develop it at all if we continue on eating right and moving more.

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

Diabetes Tips

Lowest-Carb Fruits

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:

Alzheimer's Disease a Type 3 Diabetes?

Cardiovascular Disease: Taxus Liberte Gets CE Mark to Use for Diabetics

Blood Glucose Levels Study Suggests Lowering A1C Levels Could Reduce Decline In Cognitive Function

Diabetes Leg Pain Symposium On Advanced Wound Care And Wound Healing

Articles Published at Ezinearticles on:

Improvement In Glucose Control And Weight Loss Seen in Monotherapy

Dermal Thermometer Helps Prevent Amputation

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

Healthy Living, Healthy Life

2. Boosting the Immune System Through Diet

They say that the diabetics have an immune system that puts them at risk to catch cold in the winter and develop allergies in the spring. We will prove them wrong by including some foods that will boost that and then we will have the last laugh, won't we?

We will not do this on our own for we will have the backing of the nutritionists who agree that what we eat will keep us in fighting trim. In addition, we will keep stress at bay, will not smoke nor drink and stop eating anything that will sabotage our immune system. Instead we will eat the following food that are immune boosters:

  • Shiitake Mushroom have been used not only for culinary purpose but also for medicinal reasons. I didn't like them at first because they look yucky but reading a research that says it helps produce white blood cell that discharges a protein to the infected cells that make them destroy themselves, well that got me.
  • Garlic has "antiviral, antifungal, and bacterial properties." So said Christine Gerbstadt, MD, RD, a physician and nutritionist. It has allicin that holds back bacterial growth and kills some germs on contact. A Boston City Hospital study found that garlic was successful in killing 14 bacteria strains. Roger loves sauteing garlic and then adding peanuts to the mix in olive oil. It smells better now, doesn't it?
  • Tea, especially green tea, has been found to have many benefits based on clinical trials, medical studies and anecdotal evidence. They say it helps prevent a number of diseases including diabetes. It is also believed that green tea drinkers have less mental impairment. It can also boost the immune system and minimize the stress level.
  • Blueberries are the ultimate immunity boosters. Besides being such a powerhouse of antioxidant phytonutrients they also have vitamins C and E and when these two work together, watch out, because they produce the most powerful antioxidant effects. You will not believe me when I tell you that vitamin C patrols the body's waters while vitamin E protects the fatty tissues from free radicals.
  • Oranges, just one of them supplies us with 100% of the daily value for vitamin C. This makes the immune system stronger by stimulating the growth of antibodies that fight infection. It also acts as antihistamine that lowers the blood levels of defensive chemicals that aggravate congestion and stuffiness.
  • Spinach kept Popeye going and that's not fiction folks, for it is rich in iron, magnesium, folate, vitamin C, beta carotene etc. It will not give us the strength of ten men but it will help keep heart disease away, prevent vision loss and strengthen the bones. It contains at least 13 compounds that act as antioxidants so we are to eat three cups of spinach a week. Yikes, I only get one cup.
  • Yogurt has that good bacteria called probiotics that contributes to a healthy immune system. There are more than 500 varieties of bacteria in the stomach and intestinal tract and the probiotics help maintain a balance between the good and bad bacteria.
  • Sweet potatoes, get sweet on them now, for not only are they naturally delicious, but also they are loaded with vitamins, minerals, and fiber. They fortify brittle bones, fight heart disease and fend off cataracts. It is rich in vitamin A that makes the skin less permeable to germs.

There you have the top foods that will give the immune system a boost. In addition, end every shower with cool water. Why? Because this is like hydrotherapy activating the circulatory reflex which is a great immunity booster. Meantime, eat warm, comforting foods and have more fun. Laugh away, will you?

3. A Success Quotation of the Month

To dream anything that you want to dream - that is the beauty of the human mind. To do anything you want to do - that is the strength of the human will. To trust yourself to test your limits - that is the courage to succeed. Bernard Edmonds

I follow the above all the time but sometimes it gets me into trouble. I forget when to eat and rest and that is not good. I will do much better, I promise. So meantime, we will dream that we will all get better, we will eat healthy and exercise and follow the orders of the health care team even when it is difficult.

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

This is such a delicious dessert you will want to make it again and again. When you do, you can substitute the raspberries with any of the other berries. Or use red grapes that are halved and seedless. On top of this, you are getting a serving of fruits.

Sweetened Ricotta With Ginger and Raspberries Parfait


  • 2/3 cup low-fat plain yogurt
  • 1 tsp. ground ginger
  • 1/4 cup honey, or to taste
  • 2 cups low-fat ricotta
  • 1/4 cup chopped crystallized ginger
  • 3 cups fresh or frozen raspberries
  • Fresh mint sprigs


  • a. Blend yogurt, ground ginger, honey and ricotta in a food processor.
  • b. Chop the crystallized ginger coarsely and add to the mix.
  • c. Into four glasses spoon a layer of the above mixture topping it with some raspberries.
  • d. Repeat once or twice ending with the raspberries.
  • e. Put a mint sprig on top of each portion for garnishing. .

One serving has 275 calories, 28 g total carbs, 7 g of dietary fiber, 11 g total fat, 18 g of protein. 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.

Two students were talking about the Math Exam they just had.

Student A: My gosh, I found those questions so difficult.

Student B: It is different with me. I found the questions easy enough. What I found difficult are the answers.

Ha, ha, ha. I know I am the only one laughing. You have to excuse me but I find everything funny.

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. Do take good care of yourselves for that's the only way my prayers will be answered. In the spirit of immunity boosters, boost your mood as well. Did you know that in a recent study spinning ten minutes on a bike was found to lift the mood? On top of this, depression and fatigue dropped. This result is similar if one rides the bike three times as long. Let's all quell stress for researchers have seen significant changes in the autonomic nervous system when we do. There were fewer instances of fight or flight reflex with just 70 to 75 minutes of exercise a week.

Roger and Evelyn Guzman

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Did you miss the following back issues of this newsletter?

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Diabetes Positive Approach Newsletter 805

Diabetes Positive Approach Newsletter 806

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