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Diabetes Positive Approach, Issue #912-- Cope with Diabetes; Live Healthy
December 01, 2009

Diabetes Positive Approach Newsletter # 912

Due to diabetes, sometimes the blood does not move well through the veins and arteries. When this happens, the organs and tissues are not getting enough nutrients and oxygen. But don't worry for there are some tips that we can follow in order to avoid the complications that might develop because of this very problem. We will present all those nine ways to boost the circulation below in awhile.

Meantime, here are the topics for this month's newsletter:

1. What's new at

2. Nine Ways to Boost the Circulation

3. A Success Quotation of the Month

4. Dessert Recipe

5. Some Humor

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:

Feds Clamp Down on Medicare Billing Errors, Fraud

I am glad to see that the Feds are trying to get rid of the scammers who cheat about their Medicare claims. There should be in place a check and balance system the members of which should be rotated every so often to avoid you- know-what. The punishment for the scammers should also be so stiff that it will discourage further scamming.

People's Pharmacy

The questions here were answered to the point. These answers will help the diabetics find the solution to their problems. It is really a difficult situation when one cannot take the NSAIDs to relieve the pain but thank goodness there are some herbs that can help ease the pain.

Type 1, the Lifelong Insulin-Dependent Diabetes

It's a nice feeling to know that JDRF has representatives and volunteers who go to schools to give shots to children who need the insulin to survive. They go anywhere they are needed. What a sigh of relief will this be for parents of type 1 diabetic children!

Global Effort Intensifies to Tackle Diabetes Epidemic

I am glad that all these pharmaceutical companies etc. are trying to help combat this condition we call diabetes. Although I agree that speed in the development of biotechnology products is a key in this battle, I would like to add that effort at prevention should also be part of the process.

Fight With Your Lover? Your Words Can Affect Your Health

It's true words can sometimes hurt more than actions can so we will try to get the psychological disadvantage out of the way. Usually anyway, it is because of pride that we say things we do not mean. When we do, we think we are protecting ourselves but really the opposite is true because the conflict stays longer than it has a right to.

Lynch: 50% of Diabetes-Related Amputations Preventable

It feels good to hear news like this because the more we get this out in the open, the easier will it be for all concerned because then the movers and shakers may stand up and take notice. Hopefully, they will not just be paying lip service to the truth that an ounce of prevention is worth more than a pound of cure. Would you believe the news provider already took this item down? So I removed the link to save you time.

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

Diabetes Tips

Reversing Diabetes_1

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:

Is there a Link Between Diabetes and Alzheimer?

Diabetes and Alcohol Can Cause Hypoglycemia

Continuous Glucose Monitoring, How It Is Done

Carrot Cake, What Has This Got to do with Type 2 Diabetes?

Articles Published at Ezinearticles on:

Diabetes Risk Goes Up With Smoking

Sugar Peak After Meal Solution - You Will Be Surprised!

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

Healthy Living, Healthy Life

2. Nine Ways to Boost Your Circulation

For the diabetics, circulation could be a problem for if the blood does not move well to deliver the necessary oxygen and nutrients to the different parts of the body, we could be in for some concerns. But there is no need to worry as long we maintain our glucose level. In addition, here are some tips to help the blood on its journey:

  • Eat healthy meals and limit salt, sugar and unhealthy fats like processed baked goods, coconut oils and full-fat dairy products. Instead, load up on vegetables, fruits and whole grains. Have moderate amount of healthy fat found in olive oil, fish, nuts, avocado and sesame seeds.
  • Drink smart and remember that water improves the circulation. Drink it at room temperature or warm instead of iced.
  • Move more by exercising at least 30 minutes a day. If you sit a lot, try to stand up once every hour and do some simple movement like jumping jacks, okay not that, but moving your arms in circles or tapping your thighs and knees.
  • Put up your feet regularly for a short period of time.
  • Take supplements after asking the doctor about vitamins, magnesium, calcium, omega-3 fish oils or herbal products.
  • Take a warm bath because soaking the body and especially the feet in warm water will boost blood flow.
  • Quit smoking because the use of nicotine is the leading cause of poor circulation.
  • Watch for problems like symptoms of poor circulation such as tingling in hands and feet, cold toes and fingers, wounds that are slow to heal and skin with a bluish tint. If you notice these, have a talk with your doctor.
  • Lower stress as any mental anxiety could in the long run lead to problems of circulation. Learn some relaxation techniques, take up yoga, get enough sleep, have a hobby and do some deep breathing.

3. A Success Quotation of the Month

Shakespeare said, "Nothing is either good or bad, but thinking makes it so."

Well, if that is not positive, I don't know what is. Thinking that something will turn out negatively is the bad guy. On our drive to go south to follow the sun, we passed by Pittsburg where we ended up in a restaurant. I did not like what was in the menu because they were all beef dishes.

My husband put me on the right track by saying, "What do you expect? This is a Steak House." Duh, I should have known better but I was in a rush to go up to the hotel room to write to you guys. You know what? I ended up loving the soup and salad I had. There you go; nothing is really good or bad, just thinking makes it so.

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

Recipe: Ambrosia with Toasted Almonds and Coconut

Any dietitian will vote for this recipe. Why? Because (sh.. don't tell my grammar teacher I start my sentence with "because" or she'll rise up from the grave and punish me) the oranges and bananas in this dessert give us 45 milligrams of vitamin C. That's more than 75% of what we need each day. Not only that, this dessert or snack is refreshing and pretty, much too pretty to eat.


  • 1 small pineapple
  • 5 oranges
  • 1 banana, sliced crosswise
  • 2 red apples diced after the core is removed
  • 1/2 cup slivered almonds
  • 2 tablespoons cream sherry
  • 1/2 cup of flaked coconut, unsweetened
  • mint leaves


  • a. Preheat the oven to 325 F. Bake the almonds on a baking sheet until golden brown about 10 minutes, but stir it occasionally. Put the almonds right away on a dish to cool.
  • b. Stir the coconut on the baking sheet often until lightly browned for about 10 minutes. Put the coconut on a dish to cool.
  • c. After cutting the base and leaves of the pineapple, let it stand upright and with a knife, pare off the skin leaving the brown eyes. Then with the pineapple on its side, cut a shallow furrow in a spiral pattern around the fruit to remove all the eyes. Then cut the pineapple crosswise, remove the core. Cut the fruit into cubes and set aside.
  • d. Cut a thin slice off the top and the bottom of each of the oranges. Cut off the peel and remove the white pith and membrane. Free each section to free it from the membrane. Discard the seeds and let the sections fall into the bowl.
  • e. Combine the apples, banana, pineapple, oranges, and sherry by tossing gently to mix well.
  • f. Divide the mixture of fruits equally into individual bowls.
  • g. Sprinkle with the toasted coconut and almonds and garnish with the mint.
  • h. Serve right away.

Isn't that easy to make? Well, the pineapples are kind of hard to prepare because you have to remove the eyes. Who wants to do that? You can buy fresh pineapples in the market with the eyes already removed. That's what I do anyway. But don't go by me.  

One serving has 146 calories, 26 g carbs, 4 g of dietary fiber, 4 g total fat, 2 g of protein, 1 g of saturated fat, 1 g of monounsaturated fat, 10 mg of cholesterol, 1 mg of sodium. 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 three-year old having dinner with his family in a restaurant turned quiet. So as not to call attention to them, his mother whispered asking if he was getting low. Just as the mother reached for his meter, the boy protested loudly, "I'm getting high, Mommy!" Everyone in the restaurant stopped eating and looked at them.

Okay, in a scale of ten, that's probably a seven. But that's not the point. Studies have shown that after a year of being exposed to funny stuff, the laughter group increased their good HDL cholesterol by 26% compared to the control group who increased their good cholesterol by a mere 3%.

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. Remember to inspect those feet every day. We do not want to leave anything to chance just in case the nasty circulation comes along uninvited. But we have a solution to that don't we? The nine tips above will certainly help.

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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