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Diabetic Digest - April 29, 2015


I've been dealing with a head cold for a week or so and it's been playing havoc with my blood sugar. It seems like no matter how much or how little insulin or food I consume my numbers are still sky-high.

The good thing is that this only happens when I'm sick so it's the ultimate confirmation. This usually happens before the signs of illness show themselves - so I can brace myself for what's to come.

Don't you hate spring colds?


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*-- Diabetic News --*

Virtual Diabetes Education Shows Promise
By Miriam E. Tucker

Future diabetes self-management education could occur in the virtual world, a new study suggests. Eighty-nine low-income African American women with type 2 diabetes were randomly assigned to either eight weeks of face-to-face group sessions or the same program delivered by the same health care providers in an online virtual world. While some outcomes were better with face-to-face sessions, including glucose control and depression, the virtual program helped participants exercise more and better stick to a medication regimen. It was $186 more expensive to treat a person in the online versus real world, but costs are likely to drop as both technology and Internet access improve, the researchers say.

Source: JMIR Research Protocols, published online Oct. 24, 2014

Original Article: Virtual Diabetes Education Shows Promise

*- Diabetic Recipe -*

Popcorn Party Mix

(Makes about 3 quarts)

Prep time: 5 minutes
Cook time: 5 minutes
Total: 10 minutes

3 tablespoons reduced-fat margarine
1/2 teaspoon chili powder
1/2 teaspoon ground cumin
1/2 teaspoon garlic powder
1 teaspoon hot pepper sauce
2 quarts popcorn (however you want to pop it)
1 cup fat-free tiny pretzel sticks
1 cup golden raisins
1/2 cup dry roasted peanuts
1/2 cup dry roasted sunflower seeds

1. In a small skillet, combine margarine, chili powder, cumin, garlic powder, and hot sauce. Heat for 1 minute over medium-high heat, stirring constantly.
2. Place remaining ingredients in a large paper bag. Pour on margarine-spice mixture. Close bag tightly and shake vigorously to coat evenly.
3. Pour popcorn mixture into a large bowl and enjoy.

Nutrition Information
Per 1-cup (45 g) serving: 195 calories (42% calories from fat), 5 g protein, 8 g total fat (1.0 g saturated fat), 22 g carbohydrate, 3 g dietary fiber, 0 mg cholesterol, 69 mg sodium
Exchanges: 1 1/2 carbohydrate (1 1/2 bread/starch), 2 fat

Original Recipe: Popcorn Party Mix


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