Diabetic Digest - June 21, 2017
Wow, a little bit of exercise goes a long way. It really does. For the last two weeks, my wife, the kids and I have been going for walks after dinner.
We started out with ten minute walks and then after three to four days we would increase the time between two to five minutes. I know that doesn't sound like much in the way of exercise, but I will say that, it is making all the difference.
Since we started our evening walks I have noticed great improvements both mentally and physically. I've been sleeping much better and it's nice to wake up feeling refreshed; like if I just took a twenty minute nap.
Over the weekend we did quite a bit of yard work and it usually beats me to a pulp, but this time I was able to cut the grass, weed-whack, spread some weed and feed, mulch, plant flowers, and put down some grass seed, without feeling like I had just run a marathon while some rabid dogs were nipping at my heels.
I haven't felt this good in a long while. I'm up and around more, eating less and I've been cutting back on my insulin.
I really need to keep this up. I can't get lazy. I can't get content with feeling better. I want to feel great. So on with the exercise!
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Study: Being overweight linked to longer life in older diabetics
A new study has found that older people with diabetes who are overweight or obese may have a lower risk of dying prematurely than normal weight people.
Researchers at Capital Medical University in Beijing analyzed 20 studies that include 250,016 participants with diabetes, finding a significantly reduced risk of all-cause mortality in overweight patients when compared to normal weight patients.
The findings were only observed in elderly patients -- not in younger ones.
Researchers examined the phenomenon known as the obesity paradox, which is a lower risk of mortality for overweight or obese patients based on body mass index reported in several populations of patients with cardiovascular disease, heart failure and chronic kidney disease.
However, the obesity paradox has not been studied to include patients with diabetes.
So researchers set out to determine if the obesity paradox applies to diabetic patients who are obese or overweight.
Epidemiological studies have found that roughly 85 percent of type 2 diabetes patients are overweight or obese, and the negative effects of obesity on metabolism and insulin resistance are well documented.
Conversely, weight loss has been shown to improve insulin sensitivity and metabolic control for overweight or obese patients. Weight loss is the recommended treatment for type 2 diabetes.
Researchers collected data from the OVID/MEDLINE, EMBASE and Cochrane Library databases for their study, finding that patients with type 2 diabetes who were overweight had an 18 percent reduced risk of early death compared to normal weight patients.
However, the beneficial prognostic impact of obesity was only seen in elderly patients and that age discrepancy was not found among overweight patients.
The study was published June 8 in the Journal of Diabetes Investigation.
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PICNIC SIDE SALAD WITH TUNA
2 cups chopped fresh tomatoes
1 cup fresh or canned tuna, shredded
1/4 cup very thinly julienned basil leaves
1 cup cubed fresh (packed in water) mozzarella cheese
1 cup cooked sweet corn
1/4 small red onion, thinly sliced
1/4 cup olive oil
1/3 cup balsamic vinegar
salt and pepper to taste
Mix it all together, toss well and let sit in the fridge for about an hour. Serve with bread or over butter lettuce.
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