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Diabetic Digest - October 15, 2014


It happened again! I had a bad day thanks to my short attention span. I was having a delicious pancake breakfast with my son. When I was putting the syrup on my boy's pancakes I forgot to put the sugary syrup down and make sure that I used to sugar free syrup for my pancakes.

After about eight or nine silver dollar cakes I realized that my meal was not sugar free. I freaked out and spent the rest of the day feeling miserable with my blood sugar through the roof.

Something so silly that I did really did me in. I usually pay very good attention to little details like that, but sometimes things can get away from you. Live and learn. (Well, apparently I didn't learn, but I guess I'll live.)


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*-- Diabetic News --*

U.S. diabetes rates stabilizing, CDC study finds

WASHINGTON (UPI) - According to a new study by researchers at the Centers for Disease Control, rates of diabetes in the United States have slowed and are leveling off, though statistics suggest rates continue to rise among African American and Hispanic patients.

To get a more accurate measure of the disease's trajectory over the last 30-plus years, researchers analyzed the health data of 665,000 adults ages 20 to 79. They focused on the incidence of Type 1 and Type 2 diabetes between 1980 and 2012. Analysis showed while rates remained stable during the 80s, the disease's prevalence shot up during the 90s and early 2000s.

Diabetes rates more than doubled between 1990 and 2008, from 3.5 percent of U.S. adults to 7.9 percent. And while diabetes rates have continued to rise since 2008, the rate of increase tapered off between 2008 and 2012. The percentage of adults with diabetes in 2012 was 8.3 percent. The rate of new diagnosis in the last several years has also remained stable, researchers found.

"However, there appear to be continued increases in the prevalence or incidence of diabetes among subgroups, including non-Hispanic black and Hispanic subpopulations and those with a high school education or less," the authors wrote in the journal JAMA.

The news is only one very small positive among a litany of worrying statistics surrounding what remains a serious health issue for millions of Americans.

According to the CDC, in 2012 there were 21.0 million Americans with diabetes -- 1.7 million of those were newly diagnosed patients.

*- Diabetic Recipe -*

Cheesy Tuna Dogs

Servings: 2
Prep time: 5 minutes

1 2-ounce can water-packed tuna, drained
1 tablespoon dill pickle relish
2 scallions, white part only, chopped
2 tablespoons shredded reduced-fat Cheddar cheese
1 shredded lettuce leaf
1 tablespoon reduced-fat mayonnaise
1 medium tomato, diced
2 hot dog buns

1. In a small bowl, flake tuna with a fork. Stir in dill pickle relish, scallion, cheese, lettuce, and mayonnaise.
2. Partially open hot dog buns and fill each with half of the tuna mixture.
3. Wrap each filled bun with microwave-safe plastic wrap or waxed paper.
4. Microwave on MEDIUM (50% power) for 90 seconds or until cheese melts.
5. Carefully unwrap the buns and cut in half or leave whole. Sprinkle with diced tomatoes.

Nutrition Information
Per serving: 187 calories (29% calories from fat), 11 g protein, 6 g total fat (1.9 g saturated fat), 21 g carbohydrate, 1 g dietary fiber, 14 mg cholesterol, 500 mg sodium
Diabetic exchanges: 1 lean meat, 1 1/2 carbohydrate (1 1/2 starch)

Original Recipe: Cheesy Tuna Dogs


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