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What Were Reading: Diabetes and Disordered Eating

This week, we’d like to direct your attention to this post at diabetes.about.com entitled “Eating Disorders in Teens with Type 1 Diabetes.” The post examines a new study that shows that eating disorders are twice as common in teenage girls with Type 1 diabetes than in their peers who don’t have diabetes. It includes information on warning signs for eating disorders and the dangers of insulin dose manipulation for weight control.

The About Diabetes blog is written by Debra Manzella, a writer and practicing nurse. Read More “What Were Reading: Diabetes and Disordered Eating”

Recipe of the Week: Simple grilled salmon

The American Heart Association recommends that people with coronary heart disease eat fish (particularly fatty fish, like salmon) at least twice a week. Fatty fish is a good source of heart-healthy omega-3 fatty acids. This fast, single-serving salmon recipe can easily help a person up his fish intake. If winter weather doesn’t permit outdoor grilling, you can prepare this recipe on an indoor electric grill or under the broiler in your oven.

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The Times They Are A-Changin’

So what was Bob Dylan referring to when he sang that song in the 1960’s? At the time he was singing about war, racism, relationships, and politics; aging and how it was necessary to do something or get left behind. The 60’s were years of testing out new ways of looking at and living life. Those of us who were emerging into adulthood then were often engaged in struggles over how we were going to act and what we were willing to risk to have the life we felt good about.

Some chose to keep up the fight, but some of us found our way into a relatively conventional and risk-free lifestyle. The irony is that now we are reaching midlife and finding that “the times they are a-changin'” again. Read More “The Times They Are A-Changin’”

Oil Changes: Part 1

Years ago, when I was a new dietitian, I remember counseling my patients to use what were then considered to be the most “heart-healthy” oils: corn oil, safflower oil, and vegetable (soybean) oil. These oils are known as polyunsaturated fats, due to the presence of double bonds in their chemical makeup (I’ll spare you the chemistry lesson, however). Then, monounsaturated fats came into favor, and the “polys” took a back seat. Monounsaturated fats include canola oil, olive oil, and peanut oils. Why were these better? Read More “Oil Changes: Part 1”

Recipe of the Week: Sun-dried tomato hummus wraps

Homemade hummus (made here with garbanzo beans, sesame seed paste, garlic, lemon juice, sun-dried tomatoes, and spices) livens up these fiber- and protein-rich sandwiches, which also feature smoked turkey and asparagus. To cut down on the sodium content, look for lower-sodium beans, flatbread, and turkey breast, and substitute extra spices for most or all of the salt in the hummus.

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Article of the Week: Dealing With Meal Plan Blahs

Interested in spicing up your diabetes meal plan? This article from the archives can give you the tools to adjust your meal plan to best suit your preferences and needs. It contains shopping and meal-planning tips, lists of carbohydrate choices and low-carbohydrate foods, and even advice on handling “splurges.”

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And remember that articles on a wide variety of diabetes topics are always available in our magazine archives section! Read More “Article of the Week: Dealing With Meal Plan Blahs”

Juice vs. Fruit: What’s Better for Diabetes?

This past week, results of a European study, published in the International Journal of Food Science and Nutrition in 2006, made the news. This study was actually a comprehensive review of the literature on fruit and vegetable juices. And while it may not sound like an exciting paper to read, this study does raise an interesting point. Here’s the crux of the study, according to the authors: “When considering cancer and coronary heart disease prevention, there is no evidence that pure fruit and vegetable juices are less beneficial than whole fruit and vegetables.” Read More “Juice vs. Fruit: What’s Better for Diabetes?”

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