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Diabetic Digest - January 31, 2018


I hopped on the scale this morning and I've lost a few pounds. I can't believe it. It's probably from cutting out all of that carbonated soda I was drinking.

Now that soda is not an issue I think I'll turn my fight to food. I'm going to eat so much better now and enjoy foods that I forgot about. I remember that Stir Fry was one of my favorite meals. I used to make it the healthiest way I could and it never let me down.

There are so many healthy ways to improve some of your favorite meals. And in my opinion, it makes them so much more enjoyable. I've got to get a diabetic cookbook and really get cooking. I'm sure my body, and my tummy, will thank me for it later.

I'm feeling better and now I'm going to eat better. I can't wait for the weather to warm up so I can start exercising outdoors in the fresh air. Come on, Spring!


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*-- Diabetic News --*

Sleep deprivation can lead to mental lapses, study says

Not getting enough sleep?

Sleep deprivation disrupts brain cells that can lead to temporary mental lapses that affect memory and visual perception, including causing vehicle accidents, according to a study led by UCLA's Dr. Itzhak Fried.

"You have to remember not only you are sleep deprived but the brain is sleep deprived," said Fried, the study's senior author, a professor of neurosurgery at the David Geffen School of Medicine at UCLA and Tel Aviv University, in a video released by UCLA Health.

The research, published Monday in Nature Medicine, is the first to reveal how sleep deprivation disrupts brain cells.

"We discovered that starving the body of sleep also robs neurons of the ability to function properly," Fried said. "This leads to cognitive lapses in how we perceive and react to the world around us."

Fried said not getting enough sleep can be as dangerous as drinking too much.

"Severe fatigue exerts a similar influence on the brain to drinking too much," Fried said. "Yet no legal or medical standards exist for identifying overtired drivers on the road the same way we target drunk drivers."

In previous studies, he noted sleep deprivation was linked to a heightened risk for depression, obesity, diabetes, heart attacks and stroke.

In the new study, an international team of scientists studied 12 people preparing to undergo surgery at UCLA for epilepsy, which can be provoked because of lack of sleep.

Electrodes were implanted in their brains to find the origin of their seizures before surgery.

Each participant was asked to categorize images as quickly as possible. The electrodes recorded the firing of roughly 1,500 brain cells from all the patients. The scientists focused on neurons in the temporal lobe, which regulates visual perception and memory.

As the patients grew sleepier, it became more difficult to perform the task. Brain cells also slowed down.

"We were fascinated to observe how sleep deprivation dampened brain cell activity," said lead author Yuval Nir of Tel Aviv University. "Unlike the usual rapid reaction, the neurons responded slowly and fired more weakly, and their transmissions dragged on longer than usual."

This situation can occur when a sleep-deprived driver notices a pedestrian stepping in front of his car.

"The very act of seeing the pedestrian slows down in the driver's overtired brain," Fried said. "It takes longer for his brain to register what he's perceiving."

In the study, researchers noticed portions of the brain operated differently.

"This phenomenon suggests that select regions of the patients' brains were dozing, causing mental lapses, while the rest of the brain was awake and running as usual."

The research staff plans to explore the benefits of sleep and why the brain misfunctions because of the lack of sleep.

*-- Diabetic News --*


4 (1-inch thick) beef tenderloin steaks
2 tablespoons softened cream cheese
4 teaspoons blue cheese, crumbled
4 teaspoons plain yogurt
2 teaspoons minced onions
dash of pepper
1 large garlic clove, halved
1/2 teaspoon salt, divided
2 teaspoons freshly chopped parsley

Combine cream cheese, blue cheese, yogurt, onion and pepper; reserve. Rub each side of beef steaks with garlic. Place steaks on rack in broiler pan so surface of meat is 2 to 3 inches from heat. Broil 5 to 6 minutes. Season with salt. Turn and broil 3 to 4 minutes. Season with remaining salt. Top each steak with an equal amount of reserved cheese mixture. Broil an additional 1 to 2 minutes. Garnish with parsley.

Yield: 2 Servings
Category: Beef, Main Dishes


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