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Diabetes Positive Approach, Issue #911-- Cope with Diabetes; Live Healthy
November 03, 2009

Diabetes Positive Approach Newsletter # 911

We focused on healthy eating the previous month. Guess what's on the table now? That's right, it's exercise! Be it yoga, aerobic or tai-chi, make it a fun thing to do. Or have you tried hoola hooping? It is yesterday's fad I know but it is making a come back and it is a lot of fun.

So get into the swing of a total body work-out. You will be surprised because when you couldn't do it as a child, now you can. Why is that? Well, the hoola hoop for adults is a bit thicker and heavier. 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. Get Fit Before Any Sports Activity

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:

Web-based Nutrition Program Reduces Health Care Costs for Employees with Cardiac Risk Factors

Of course anything that will help with lifestyle modification will also lower health care cost. And if people do not have time in the real world then it can be done with a virtual assistant and what could be better than a web based program such as the Dash for Health that the researchers have found to have helped?

One in Five U.S. Kids Found Deficient in Vitamin D bin/article.cgi?f=/c/a/2009/10/26/MN3K1AAH9F.DTL&type=health

The reason for the vitamin D deficiency could be because the kids are not going out in the sun to play anymore. They are more likely to spend their time surfing the net or playing video games. Parents therefore are in the best place to be able to guide their kids towards outdoor activities and to limit web surfing and video game playing. Even Michelle Obama, the first lady, said her kids will die if the internet goes away.

Children of Overweight Pregnant Women are Obese

Dr. Kral offered a solution to this problem. He said that obese women can help the next generation by losing weight before getting pregnant. This makes sense based on the result of the study. Lots of advantages when this is accomplished as those born will have less chance to becoming obese themselves plus having blood fats at lower levels.

Healthy Lifestyle Benefits Those with Diabetes

I can classify this as good news since whether one has diabetes or not, it looks like it is the healthy lifestyle that dictates whether one dies sooner or not. All the more though that we have to keep up and maintain good health habits of eating healthy and exercising and not smoking.

"Good" Dietary Fats Trim Body Fat in Diabetic Women

It's always good to hear news about what will work better for the diabetics. Although it is not confirmed, still it is beneficial to know that safflower oil helps lower the blood sugar and with losing two pounds. Now with CLA it looks like it does better in getting rid of the fat.

Possible Methods Of Reversing Diabetes

I thanked the author for this article. Those three recommendations should be taken to heart as they may help reverse diabetes. Water is surely a requirement and if you do not want to drink the tap water, there's Nikken water and one done by Evolve. I am not involved in both because I am too busy but I have used both and felt better for them. It will be remiss of me not to mention them because you can always search for them at Google.

The Truth About How To Lose Weight

Wow this is the best presentation on weight loss and its relation to diabetes I have seen. No wonder the author requested me to read it and I thanked him for it. I am not the only one who will gain insight from this but also the people who come to visit my site will greatly benefit from it as well. This author covered everything that is related to weight loss so I hope the people who are in this niche will come and read this presentation.

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

Diabetes Tips

Lowest-Carb Vegetables

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:

Proof of Transplantation Technology Cure

Encourage the Diabetics and Their Families

Advancement Reported on Cholesterol and Fatty Acids Reduction

Diabetic Peripheral Neuropathy Patients May Participate in a Walking Program

Blood Glucose Level Target Ranges, New Ones For UK

Articles Published at Ezinearticles on:

Diabetes Vitamins and Supplements - Seismically Shifting the Course?

Metabolic Syndrome Rate, What Type of Exercise Can Reduce It?

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

Healthy Living, Healthy Life

2. Get Fit Before Any Sports Activities

Thinking of going skiing, golfing or even line dancing? Well don't wait till the last minute to get physically fit for any activities your heart desires. To ensure successful and safe fun, it is important and prudent to start the exercises that are sport-specific.

Let's take skiing for example although it's been a long time since we had gone up the slopes. It is a seasonal sport so we got ready months ahead to sharpen our physical skills like strength, endurance, flexibility, agility and balance. We did all those exercises to make sure it is fun and to reduce the odds for injuries. It is no wonder why there is always an ambulance at the bottom of the slopes.

Committing to the sports conditioning workout has another benefit and that is the "feel good" factor. You see, after an exercise session, we have an increased mood hormone called epinephrine. No matter what exercise you engage in, you get this additional benefit.

Regardless of the ability level, it is good not to assume that you can ski yourself into shape. Build up your cardio endurance so you will enjoy a full day of skiing. Sh.. don't tell anybody I was on the baby slopes for a long time before I could tackle the devil slope. And they didn't call it devil for nothing. I'm telling you; it took my breath away.

So how do we build up the cardio endurance? Well, aerobic and anaerobic activities will do it. Aerobic exercises will reduce the fatigue levels enabling you to ski all day long and anaerobic conditioning helps deal with the sudden burst of energy. We needed this because we literally lived on the ski hills those days when we were young and foolish. We thought we were invincible despite the ambulance parked at the bottom of the hill.

We had to do strength workout on the muscles used for skiing through squats, lunges, leg curls, side lunges, leg lifts, calf raises. To strengthen our core muscles, we did back extensions and abdominal exercises. For the arms and chest, we did chest presses, lateral pulldowns and biceps and triceps exercises.

To keep our flexibility up to par, we did daily stretching and the abdominal exercises took care of the balance and agility. Why am I telling you all these? Because you will need to prepare for any activities you think of joining. It works because during the years we were skiing, we never had to use the ambulance at the bottom of the hill despite the fact that we were not good skiers.

3. A Success Quotation of the Month

Striving for success without hard work is like trying to harvest where you haven't planted. - David Bly

That is so true. It's like going skiing without getting ready or expecting the blood sugar level to go down without eating healthy or getting physically active. Actually, there is really nothing one can accomplish without having to work at it. Well, perhaps winning the lotto. But what is the fun of that? Okay, I lied, that's probably a lot of fun.

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

Almond and Apricot Cookies

This recipe is sensitive to our health concerns yet every bite is pleasurable. Finally, eating a cookie is a waistline-friendly experience. Don't worry when you jump on the weighing scale the next day. You won't have to punish yourself because this time you are not overdoing it.


  • 3/4 cup all-purpose flour
  • 3/4 cup whole-wheat flour
  • 1 teaspoon baking powder
  • 2 eggs lightly beaten
  • 1/4 cup low-fat milk, 1%
  • 2 1/2 tablespoons canola oil
  • 1/4 cup of brown sugar, well packed
  • 1/2 teaspoon almond extract
  • 2 tablespoons dark honey
  • 1/4 cup almonds, coarsely chopped
  • 2/3 cup dried apricots, chopped


  • a. Combine and whisk to blend the brown sugar, flour and baking powder in a large bowl after preheating the oven to 350 F.
  • b. Stir the above with a wooden spoon till the dough starts to come together.
  • c. Add to the above the chopped almonds and apricot and mix till the dough is well blended.
  • d. Shape the above after placing it on a long sheet of plastic wrap into a log 12 inches long, 3 inches wide and one inch thick.
  • e. Invert the flattened dough into a baking sheet that is nonstick. .
  • f. Bake 25 to 30 minutes until lightly browned.
  • g. Cool above in another baking sheet for 10 minutes leaving the oven at 350 F.
  • h. Put the cooled log on a cutting board.
  • i. Cut crosswise on the diagonal into 24 pieces half an inch wide.
  • j. Bake the 24 pieces for 15 to 20 minutes or until crisp.
  • k. Cool in a wire rack and store in a container that is airtight. .

Here's what a dietitian told me. The cookie is great with tea or coffee. The nuts and the whole wheat flour are rich in manganese which is good for bone formation. They are also rich in selenium which is an antioxidant vital for the functioning of the thyroid hormone.

The only thing I don't like about these cookies is you have to bake them twice. And of course, I did not weigh myself so I don't know how my weight will be affected after eating one cookie, okay two, no, I have to be honest three cookies. What can I do? I still had some tea left so I had to have more cookies until the tea was gone. What a bummer!

One serving of 1 cookie has 73 calories, 12 g carbs, 1 g of dietary fiber, 2 g total fat, 2g of protein, 0g of saturated fat, 1g of monounsaturated fat, 18mg of cholesterol, 68mg of sodium, 100mg of potassium and 29 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.

In a Science class, the teacher was demonstrating the bad effects of alcohol. He dropped a worm in a glass-full of alcohol and the worm died instantly:

Teacher: What did you learn from this demonstration?

Student: If we drink alcohol, we don't get worms!

Ha, ha, ha. Here I go again, the only one laughing. This time, I really thought it was 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. All the research work, despite the millions of dollars in grant is not going anywhere so I have to resort to prayers.

I know though you're doing your part because I read that the diabetics are getting proficient at monitoring their blood glucose so congratulations are in order. All we have to do now besides the checklist of things to do to avoid the complication is eat healthy and move more.

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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