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Diabetic Digest - October 25, 2017


Okay, time for my yearly Halloween pep-talk.

Since we're just under a week away from Halloween, it's now time for my 'Trick 'r Treat' pep-talk.

Look, I don't like being that guy, but I feel I must. Please, stay away from all of the candy, cookies, cupcakes, and the hundreds of other sugar-filled snacks that are creeping about this Halloween. Just a few small pieces of candy can send your blood sugar flying high; it certainly does that for me. That's something that's actually scary.

You can enjoy diabetic conscience treats and those of the sugar free variety, but be sure that you enjoy those in moderation. Too much of those guys and you'll be in a whole different kind of trouble. Trust me.

Halloween can be just as fun as it ever was because we all know what a little treat can do for your spirits.

Just remember to be safe and have a Happy Halloween.


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Study: Gestational diabetes linked to heart disease risk

Researchers have found that a history of gestational diabetes is associated with a higher long-term risk of developing cardiovascular disease in women.

The study, published Monday in JAMA Internal Medicine, found that adhering to a healthy lifestyle over time could lower the risk of cardiovascular disease in women who had gestational diabetes in pregnancy.

Gestational diabetes, a condition of impaired glucose tolerance in pregnancy, has been identified as a risk factor for cardiovascular disease in women by the American Heart Association. The association is based on previous research linking gestational diabetes and markers for cardiometabolic risk.

For the study, researchers examined a history of gestational diabetes in nearly 90,000 women of childbearing years who participated in the Nurses Health Study 2, finding that 5.9 percent, or about 5,300 participants, had gestational diabetes.

Researchers found new primary cardiovascular disease events happened in 1,161 childbearing women during the 26 years of follow-up including 612 heart attacks and 553 strokes.

The study reveals a modestly higher risk for cardiovascular disease among women with a history of gestational diabetes than those who did not experience the condition, researchers report.

The researchers note the overall risk for cardiovascular disease among the mostly white women in the study was low, and that adhering to a healthier lifestyle -- including healthy diet, physical exercise and not smoking -- mitigates risk for the condition.

Although the study reveals an elevated risk for cardiovascular disease for some women, the researchers said future data with continuous follow-ups are necessary to find more fully evaluate the long-term effects of gestational diabetes.

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3 cups frozen hash brown potatoes
18 large eggs, beaten
2 1/3 cups chopped cooked ham
1 1/4 cups chopped ripe tomato - divided use
1 cup chopped green bell pepper - divided use
1/3 cup chopped onion
1 1/2 cups shredded cheddar/Monterey Jack cheese mix

Preheat oven to 325 degrees. Cook potatoes according to package directions and drain well. Combine potatoes, eggs, ham, 1 cup tomato, 3/4 cup bell pepper, and onion in a large blow and stir well. Pour mixture into a lightly greased 13 x 9 x 2-inch baking dish. Bake, uncovered for 40 minutes. Top with remaining 1/4 cup tomato and 1/4 cup bell pepper. Sprinkle evenly with cheese. Bake an additional 5 minutes or until cheese melts.

Yield: 12 Servings
Category: Eggs, Breakfast, Brunch


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