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Diabetic Digest - April 12, 2017

Readers:


As summer gets closer, I always need to remind myself that when I'm enjoy the outdoors I've got to make sure to keep hydrated. We all should!

I can't tell you how many times having a bottle of water has saved me. Even if you don't feel hot from the heat, dehydration can strike at anytime without warning. Drink plenty of water and drink often.

Just be safe and enjoy all that the outdoors has to offer... just be sure to have some water, too!

Regards,
Steve


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Healthy weight gain still raises risk of gestational diabetes

A study from the University of Queensland Australia has shown that women who gain weight leading up to pregnancy increase their risk of gestational diabetes.

Researchers followed more than 3,000 women between age 18 and 23 using the Women's Health Australia study from 1996.

They found women who gained more than 2.5 percent of their body weight each year prior to pregnancy had a nearly three times increased risk of gestational diabetes compared to women who maintained their weight.

Obesity is a risk factor for gestational diabetes, which can cause large birth weight babies, birth complications and other long-term health issues for both mothers and babies. Researchers found that even women who were not obese but gained weight were at an increased risk.

"Women with only a small weight gain each year [1.5 to 2.5 percent of body weight] doubled their risk of gestational diabetes," Akilew Adane, a researcher at the University of Queensland's School of Public Health, said in a press release. "Surprisingly, even women who were underweight or in the normal BMI range had an increased risk of gestational diabetes when they gained weight -- even if they remained within the healthy weight category. Women with small weight gains within the healthy BMI range doubled their risk of gestational diabetes compared to women whose weight remained stable."

Researchers stressed the importance of women and their doctors are aware of the risk of gestational diabetes even if in a healthy BMI range.

The study was published in Diabetes Research and Clinical Practice.



*-- Diabetic News --*

SPRINGTIME VEGGIE SOUP

INGREDIENTS:
2 tablespoons vegetable oil
2 scallions, trimmed and sliced
2 cloves garlic, thinly sliced
2 small turnips, peeled and diced
2 new potatoes, scrubbed and diced
2 carrots, diced
1 spring fresh thyme or 1/2 teaspoon dried thyme
1/2 cup chopped fresh parsley
6 cups vegetable stock or chicken stock
1/2 pound asparagus, trimmed and cut into 1 inch pieces
1 cup peas, fresh or frozen
1 bunch (6 ounces) watercress, leaves only
2 tablespoons tarragon vinegar
Salt and pepper

DIRECTIONS:
In medium saucepan, heat oil over medium-high heat. Add scallions, garlic, turnips, potatoes, and carrots. Cover and cook until vegetables are starting to soften, about 5 minutes. Stir in thyme, parsley, and stock and bring to a boil. Reduce heat and simmer 15 minutes. Add asparagus and peas and cook another 5 minutes. Puree half the soup with watercress and return it to remainder of soup. Stir in tarragon vinegar, taste for salt and pepper, and serve.

Category: Soups, Vegetables approx 6 servings

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