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Diabetic Digest - May 10, 2017


Summer is almost here and that can mean only one thing - let's get ready to grill! I love to fire up the grill every chance I get during the summer months, but the thing that I always have to keep in mind is to eat healthy, monitor my blood sugar often, and watch the carbohydrates.

If you are looking forward to picnics, parties, and barbecues this summer be sure to take advantage of a fantastic recipe for Grilled Citrus Chicken. Doesn't just reading that make your mouth water?

Also, read the interesting article about an intestinal bacteria that may protect against type 2 diabetes.


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Study shows intestinal bacteria may prevent type 2 diabetes

Researchers from the University of Eastern Finland found that an intestinal bacteria may protect against type 2 diabetes.

Indolepropionic acid is a metabolite produced by intestinal bacteria, and high concentrations of the acid may prevent the development of type 2 diabetes, the researchers report. High concentrations of indolepropionic acid come from a diet high in dietary fiber and whole grains.

The researchers compared two groups of participants in the Finnish Diabetes Prevention Study, or DPS, who were overweight and had impaired glucose tolerance, focusing on the serum metabolite profile of 200 participants. Of the 200 participants, 96 developed type 2 diabetes within the first 5 years, while 104 did not develop the condition during a 15-year follow up.

The greatest differences between the groups was in the concentration of indolepropionic acid and certain liquid metabolites. A high concentration of indolepropionic acid in serum was found to protect against type 2 diabetes development.

The link between indolepropionic acid and the risk of type 2 diabetes was also studied using the Finnish Metabolic Syndrome in Men Study, METSIM, and the Swedish Vasterbotten Intervention Project, VIP.

High levels of indolepropionic acid were found to protect against type 2 diabetes in all databases and was also found to promote insulin secretion by pancreatic beta cells, which researchers say may explain the prevention of type 2 diabetes.

"Earlier studies, too, have linked intestinal bacteria with the risk of disease in overweight people," Kati Hanhineva, academy research fellow at the University of Eastern Finland, said in a press release. "Our findings suggest that indolepropionic acid may be one factor that mediates the protective effect of diet and intestinal bacteria."

The study also identified several new lipid metabolites whose high concentrations were linked with improved insulin resistance and reduced risk of type 2 diabetes. The concentrations of the metabolites were also associated with dietary fat -- the lower amount of saturated fat in the diet, the higher the concentrations of these metabolites.

The study was published in Scientific Reports.

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Grilled Citrus Chicken

Servings: 4

4 boneless, skinless chicken breast halves, about 5 oz each
2 large garlic cloves, minced
1/4 cup fresh orange juice
1/4 cup fresh lime juice
1 teaspoon chili powder
1/8 teaspoon crushed red pepper flakes

1. Rinse chicken beast halves and remove all visible fat. Pat dry with paper towels.
2. In a shallow dish, whisk together remaining ingredients.
Add chicken breast halves and turn to coat. Cover and refrigerate for several hours.
3. When ready to cook, light a grill.
4. Grill for about 5 minutes per side, until cooked through. Serve at once.

Nutrition Information:
Per serving: 164 calories (11% calories from fat), 33 g protein, 2 g total fat (0.5 g saturated fat), 2 g carbohydrates, 0 dietary fiber, 82 mg cholesterol, 96 mg sodium
Diabetic exchanges: 4 very lean protein


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