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Diabetic Digest - Wednesday, June 12, 2013

Readers:


One of the enemies of the diabetic, especially in the summertime, is none other than dehydration.

The humidity is really getting to me. I've noticed that my water intake has increased quite a bit, but my urinary output is less frequent. What's going on?

In conditions such as this make sure that you are drinking plenty of water. I know I've said this before, but it's important to remember. You don't often feel dehydrated until it's too late. Make sure you keep cool, drink fluids frequently and keep a close eye on your blood sugar.

Just a little reminder. I don't want to sound like a nag, I want you to enjoy the summer, just make sure that you are healthy and safe.

Regards,
Steve


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*-- Diabetic News --*

Gamification and Type 1 diabetes management? There's now an app for that
By Michael Johnsen

SAN FRANCISCO - MySugr Companion, one of Europe's leading and award-winning diabetes apps for iPhone, is now available for download in the U.S. App Store, the app developer announced Thursday.

Consumer technology has shown a new trend of monitoring fitness and well-being data in products like the Nike+ and Fitbit. "But Type 1 diabetics are the true champions of the quantified self-movement," commented mySugr advisory board member Tim Ferriss.

"Currently, 371 million people around the world live with diabetes. Frequent blood-sugar monitoring and pattern analysis are key to optimal diabetes control, but the day-in-day-out monotony can lead even the most responsible patients to 'diabetes burnout,'" stated mySugr co-founder Fredrik Debong. "MySugr Companion transforms a manual chore into a fun, interactive game. As a team including several people with Type 1 diabetes, we're excited to be able to share our award-winning app with over 12 million Americans who manage their diabetes with insulin."

MySugr Companion is an FDA-approved diabetes management app that helps people with insulin-treated diabetes take control of their therapy through play. Taking a cue from the popularity of games among smartphone users of all ages, mySugr aims to make diabetes self-care less of a hassle and feel more like a game.

MySugr developed the app to provide motivation and positive feedback as users track their vital statistics. By turning diabetes self-management into a game, mySugr Companion helps people with diabetes to manage their therapy and stick with their program, while building up a data set to better understand how their body responds to specific foods, moods and activities. A recent study by researchers from the Medical University of Vienna and INSEAD Healthcare Management showed high and consistent retention among European mySugr Companion users, better than any other app in the health category.

"Anything that helps people with diabetes stay engaged with their self-management and reach their health goals is a step in the right direction. MySugr is a giant leap forward," noted Howard Zisser, director of clinical research and diabetes technology at the Sansum Diabetes Research Institute in Santa Barbara, Calif.

Original Article: Gamification and Type 1 diabetes management? There's now an app for that


*-- Diabetic Recipe --*

Apple Cheddar Popovers

Servings: 8
Prep time: 10 minutes
Cook time: 20 minutes
Total: 30 minutes

Ingredients
cooking spray
1 tart apple, such as Granny Smith or Fuji, peeled, cored, and chopped
1/3 cup shredded sharp cheddar cheese
2 large eggs
1 cup flour
1/4 teaspoon salt
1 cup 1% milk
1 tablespoon margarine, melted

Directions
1. Preheat oven to 450 degrees F. Lightly coat 8 popover cups with cooking spray. (If you don't have a popover pan, you can use a muffin tin.)
2. Place 1 tablespoon each of the apple and cheese at the bottom of each popover cup.
3. In a food processor or blender, combine eggs, flour, and salt. Process until well blended. (If you don't have a food processor or a blender, you can use a handmixer.)
4. With the machine running, add milk and margarine through the feed tube (if using a food processor-otherwise, add these a little bit at a time to the blender or bowl). Process until smooth.
5. Fill the cups two-thirds full with the batter.
6. Bake for 15 minutes, reduce oven temperature to 350 degress F, and continue to bake for another 20 minutes until popovers are puffed and golden brown.
7. Let cool at least 15 minutes, then remove from pan.

Nutrition Information
Per serving: 111 calories (28% calories from fat), 5 g protein, 4 g total fat (1.4 g saturated fat), 15 g carbohydrates, 1 g dietary fiber, 58 mg cholesterol, 160 mg sodium
Diabetic exchanges: 1 carbohydrate (bread/starch), 1/2 fat

Original Recipe: Apple Cheddar Popovers

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