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Diabetic Digest - July 23, 2014


Again with the humidity.

The humidity has really been getting to me. I've noticed that my water intake has increased quite a bit, but my urinary output is less and less frequent.

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 reminder. You can enjoy the summer weather, but you have to make sure that you are healthy and safe.

Plus, a great way to make the summer even better is with a delicious treat. Take advantage of the recipe, located below, for Applesauce Raisin Drops. Enjoy!


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*-- Diabetic News --*

Fewer Diabetes Complications in the Past 20 Years
By: Miriam E. Tucker

Good news: Rates of certain diabetes-related complications have dropped in the United States over the past 20 years. Researchers examined several national databases that included over 6 million adults with diagnosed diabetes in 1990 and over 20 million in 2010. Between those years, rates of heart attacks and short-term problems related to high blood glucose (such as ketoacidosis and coma) fell by about two-thirds, stroke and amputations by about half, and end-stage kidney disease by about one-third. Researchers attribute the declines to better health care as well as health messages targeting patients with diabetes. But they caution that complications remain numerous because the number of people diagnosed with diabetes keeps growing.

Source: The New England Journal of Medicine, published
online April 17, 2014

Original Article: Fewer Diabetes Complications in the Past 20 Years

*- Diabetic Recipe -*

Applesauce Raisin Drops

Servings: 30

1 cup unbleached all-purpose flour
1 1/2 teaspoons baking powder
1/2 teaspoon baking soda
3/4 teaspoon ground cinnamon
1/4 teaspoon ground nutmeg
1/8 teaspoon ground cloves
1/8 teaspoon cream of tartar
8 tablespoons margarine, softened
1/3 cup Brown Sugar Twin
1 large egg (or 1/4 cup liquid egg substitute)
1 1/3 cups unsweetened applesauce
1 1/2 teaspoons vanilla extract
1 3/4 cups quick-cooking oats cereal
1 cup seedless raisins

1. Preheat oven to 375 degrees F. Spray cookie sheets with no stick baking spray.
2. Into small bowl, sift together first seven ingredients; set aside.
3. In large bowl, cream margarine until fluffy. Blend in Brown Sugar Twin and egg. Alternately add sifted dry ingredients and applesauce; blend well. Stir in vanilla, oats, and raisins.
4. Drop by tablespoon onto prepared cookie sheets then flatten. Bake for 12 to 15 minutes, until firm.

Nutrition Information
Per drop: 82 calories (37% calories from fat), 2 g protein, 4 g total fat (0.6 g saturated fat), 12 g carbohydrate, 7 mg cholesterol, 80 mg sodium
Exchanges: 1 carbohydrate (1/2 bread/starch, 1/2 fruit), 1 fat

Original Recipe: Applesauce Raisin Drops


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