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Diabetic Digest - Wednesday, April 17, 2013


Wow, a little bit of exercise goes a long way. It really does. For the last two weeks my wife and I have been going for walks after dinner. We started out with ten minute walks and then after three to four days we would increase the time between two to five minutes. I know that doesn't sound like much in the way of exercise, but I will say that, it is making all the difference.

Since we started our evening walks I have noticed great improvements both mentally and physically. I've been sleeping much better and it's nice to wake up feeling refreshed and not as if I just took a twenty minute nap.

Over the weekend we did quite a bit of yard-work and it usually beats me to a pulp, but this time I was able to cut the grass, weed-whack, spread some weed and feed, mulch, plant flowers, and put down some grass seed, without feeling like I had just run a marathon while some rabid dogs were nipping at my heels. I haven't felt this good in a long while.

I'm up and around more, eating less and I've been cutting back on my insulin. Now I just need to keep this up. I can't get lazy. I can't get content with feeling better. I want to feel great... and maybe lose some weight. So on with the exercise!


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*-- Diabetic News --*

Vitamin D Not Tied to Subclinical Atherosclerosis in T1DM

Vitamin D metabolite levels not tied to coronary artery
calcium; carotid intima-media thickness

(HealthDay News) -- For individuals with type 1 diabetes, low concentrations of vitamin D metabolites are not associated with an increased risk of subclinical atherosclerosis, according to a study published online March 25 in Diabetes Care.

Michael C. Sachs, Ph.D., from the University of Washington in Seattle, and colleagues examined the association between the levels of circulating vitamin D metabolites (25-hydroxyvitamin D, 1,25-dihydroxyvitamin D, and 24,25-dihydroxyvitamin D) and subclinical atherosclerosis (coronary artery calcium and common and internal carotid intima-media thickness) in 1,193 patients with type 1 diabetes.

After a median of ten years, the researchers found that lower concentrations of vitamin D metabolites were associated with a lower prevalence and severity of coronary artery calcium. For example, the odds ratio was 0.80 for each 25 nmol/L decrease in 25-hydroxyvitamin D in a fully adjusted model. There was no association between vitamin D metabolite concentrations and common or internal carotid intima-media thickness.

"We did not find evidence linking impaired vitamin D metabolism with increased subclinical atherosclerosis in type 1 diabetes," Sachs and colleagues conclude.

Drug and device companies contributed free or discounted supplies or equipment.

Original Article: Vitamin D Not Tied to Subclinical Atherosclerosis in T1DM

*-- Diabetic Recipe --*

Mango Salsa

Servings: 4
Prep time: 10 minutes

1 large ripe mango, peeled and chopped
1/2 small red bell pepper, chopped
1 medium tomato, seeded and cubed
1 scallion, white part and 2 inches green, chopped
2 tablespoons fresh ginger, minced
1 large clove garlic, minced
juice of 1 lime
3 tablespoons cilantro, chopped
salt and pepper, to taste

1. Place the mango in a covered bowl. Add the red pepper, tomato, scallion, ginger, garlic, lime juice, and cilantro.
2. Mix well, cover, and refrigerate until ready to serve.

Nutrition Information
Per serving: 51 calories (5% calories from fat), 1 g protein, trace total fat (0 saturated fat), 13 g carbohydrates, 2 g dietary fiber, 0 cholesterol, 6 mg sodium
Diabetic exchanges: 1 carbohydrate (1/2 fruit, 1 vegetable)

Original Recipe: Mango Salsa


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