Diabetic Digest - December 20, 2017
The holidays are upon us once again. One of the hardest parts during this time of year is trying to avoid all of the treats, snacks, and desserts.
It can be tough, diabetic or not, to keep from indulging in the overabundance of sweet treats. That cookie, piece of cake, or candy, might be great at the moment, but the aftermath could last quite a bit long...and could cut into your fun with the family.
Try to choose healthy alternatives and enjoy yourself. When it comes to your health, don't get your name on the naughty list.
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*-- Diabetic News --*
With a doctor and a plan, type 2 diabetes can be reversed, study shows
New research suggests type 2 diabetes can be reversed in less than a year with the help of a doctor and a weight loss plan.
"These findings are very exciting. They could revolutionize the way type 2 diabetes is treated," Newcastle professor Roy Taylor said in a news release. "The study builds on the work into the underlying cause of the condition, so that we can target management effectively."
The new study, published this week in the journal The Lancet, found 86 percent of participants who lost at least 33 pounds had reversed the disease within a year. Some 46 percent of the participants following a low calorie diet for three to five months were also able to stop taking diabetes medication.
As part of the Diabetes Remission Clinical Trial, or DiRECT, researchers at Newcastle University and Glasgow University tracked the health outcomes of 298 people diagnosed with type 2 diabetes.
Half of participants received standard diabetes care and half were guided through a weight loss program, which included a low-calorie but nutrient-complete diet followed by the reintroduction of a well-rounded diet designed to help participants keep the weight off.
Among both groups, weight loss was most closely correlated with disease remission.
The findings show the simple solution of weight loss can yield significant benefits, researchers say.
"Substantial weight loss results in reduced fat inside the liver and pancreas, allowing these organs to return to normal function," Taylor said. "What we're seeing from DiRECT is that losing weight isn't just linked to better management of type 2 diabetes: significant weight loss could actually result in lasting remission."
Scientists defined remission as having blood glucose levels less than 6.5 percent after 12 months, and after at least two months without medication.
Researchers say their findings show weight loss programs can increase the likelihood of remission, reducing care costs and minimizing the long-term health risks caused by type 2 diabetes -- including the risk of cardiovascular disease, kidney disease or stroke.
"These first year findings of DiRECT demonstrate the potential to transform the lives of millions of people," said Elizabeth Robertson, director of research at Diabetes UK. "We're very encouraged by these initial results, and the building robust evidence that remission could be achievable for some people."
*-- Diabetic News --*
GREEN BEANS ALMONDINE
2 pounds fresh green beans, washed and trimmed
1/2 cup slivered blanched almonds
4 tablespoons butter
2 teaspoons lemon juice
Remove both ends of beans, break in half, and wash thoroughly. Place in a large pot and add water 3 to 4 inches from the top. Cook until tender (do not overcook). Remove beans and place in a large bowl. Cook almonds in the butter over low heat until golden, stirring occasionally. Remove from the heat, add salt and lemon juice. Pour over the hot beans and serve.
Vegetables, Side Dishes
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