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Diabetic Digest - February 18, 2015


Good blood pressure means good health for your heart, who knew? I kid, but seriously, those with type 2 diabetes can receive great health benefits while keep their blood pressure under control.

To learn more about this new study take a look at the article below.

Then, if you're hungry get cooking with a great recipe for Baked Sweet Potato Fries. Just writing that made me droll a little bit.

Be healthy and enjoy!


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*-- Diabetic News --*

Blood Pressure Boosts Heart Health in Diabetes
By: Miriam E. Tucker

When it comes to heart health, people with type 2 diabetes can reap great rewards by controlling their blood pressure. Researchers followed 8,494 patients with longstanding type 2 diabetes who had previously participated in a clinical trial where they focused on either intensive glucose lowering or intensive blood pressure control-or receive standard care for each. About six years after that trial ended, the participants who had been in the strict blood pressure group had a 9 percent lower risk of dying from any cause and a 12 percent lower risk of dying from heart disease during the study than those who received standard care. Blood glucose control did not affect these outcomes. But don't let your glucose control slip: The study also found that good blood glucose control cut the risk of kidney failure by half.

Source: The New England Journal of Medicine, published online Sept. 23, 2014

Original Article: Blood Pressure Boosts Heart Health in Diabetes

*- Diabetic Recipe -*

Baked Sweet Potato Fries

Servings: 6
Prep time: 10 minutes
Cook time: 30 minutes
Total: 40 minutes

4 small sweet potatoes, peeled
cooking spray
salt (to taste)
freshly ground pepper (to taste)

1. Preheat oven to 500 degrees F.
2. Cut sweet potatoes lengthwise into wedges about 1/2-inch thick.
3. Lay in a single layer on a non-stick baking sheet (you could also put down a layer of parchment paper or aluminum foil). Lightly coat with cooking spray.
4. Bake for 30 minutes, turning wedges once or twice during baking period, until potatoes are crisped and tender.
5. Serve at once.

Nutrition Information
Per serving: 76 calories (0 % calories from fat), 1 g protein, 0 total fat (0 saturated fat), 19 g carbohydrates, 2 g dietary fiber, 0 cholesterol, 26 g sodium
Diabetic exchanges: 1 carbohydrate (bread/starch)

Original Recipe: Baked Sweet Potato Fries


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