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Diabetic Digest - August 1, 2018

Readers:


Lately, I've been trying to lose some of the weight that I've subtly gained over the years. With a gradual decrease in my insulin, and food portions during mealtime, I've gone from about 280 to around 210.

It's taken me over a year to lose the weight and to get used to not eating as much I was used to, but it's totally worth it. I feel great. I don't feel stuffed from eating too much. And I've started using the original notches that came with my belt. What a great feeling!

Now, I'm not saying this will work for everyone, but it did work for me. Making smart lifestyle changes and choices can do you a lot of good. Good in the health, looks and how you feel departments. Please make sure to talk with your doctor before you make any drastic changes.

Regards,
Steve


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*-- Diabetic News --*

Study: 5:2 diet as effective at controlling diabetes as monitoring daily caloric intake

Type 2 diabetes patients are just as likely to control their blood glucose levels and lose weight by following a rigid diet twice a week as they are on a calorie-restricted one every day.

Researchers at the University of South Australia studied the effects of the so-called 5:2 diet for controlling the disease. The study, which researchers say is the first long-term clinical trial comparing the diets of people with type 2 diabetes, was published Monday in the Journal of the American Medical Association.

"Conventional weight-loss diets with daily energy restrictions are difficult for people to adhere to so we must look for alternative solutions," Dr. Peter Clifton, a professor of nutrition at the school, said in a press release.

Lead author Sharayah Carter, a doctoral student, said intermittent fasting could be a solution for people with diabetes.

The researchers conducted a yearlong clinical trial of 137 people 18 and older with type 2 diabetes, half of whom followed a 5:2 diet while the rest maintained daily caloric intakes of 1,200 to 1,500 calories per day from April 2015 to September 2017.

The researchers found consuming 500 to 600 calories two non-consecutive days and a normal diet for the other days resulted in weight loss and improved hemoglobin A1c.

"Intermittent energy restriction is an effective alternative diet strategy for the reduction of HbA1c level comparable to continuous energy restriction in patients with type 2 diabetes, and it may be superior to continuous energy restriction for weight reduction," the researchers wrote.

The researchers cautioned the 5:2 diet needs precautions for some people. Those using insulin and other oral medications likely to cause hypoglycemic blood glucose levels need to be monitored and have medication doses changed accordingly.



*-- Diabetic Recipe --*

GRILLED CHICKEN WITH ROSEMARY

INGREDIENTS:
2 broiler chickens (3 lbs ea, split), backbones removed
1/4 cup vegetable oil
8 tablespoons butter, melted
1/2 cup dry white wine or 1/3 cup lemon juice
2 teaspoons dried rosemary, crushed
1 clove garlic
1 teaspoon salt
freshly ground black pepper, to taste

DIRECTIONS:
Prepare the grill by placing an oiled rack 4 to 6 inches over medium-hot coals. Combine the oil, butter, wine or lemon juice, rosemary, garlic and salt. Brush the chicken halves inside and out with 1/4 cup of the seasoned butter. Place the chickens bone side down on the grill. Baste them frequently with the remaining seasoned butter and turn the pieces every 10 minutes for a total of 30 to 40 minutes in all. Sprinkle well with pepper and serve.

Yield: 4 Servings
Category: Grill, Chicken, Main Dishes

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