Living with diabetes doesn’t mean you can’t enjoy your favorite holiday foods. There are plenty of diabetes friendly recipes if you want to enjoy a LATE or a VERY EARLY St. Patrick’s Day this year!

st patricks dayBetter late than never………Holiday’s celebrated with friends, family and special foods don’t have to be a problem if you suffer from diabetes. St. Patrick’s Day is a perfect example of when eating some holiday-inspired dishes can make for a special occasion. Here are some diabetes friendly recipes for celebrating “the wearing of the green!”

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Candy gifts on Valentine’s Day may not be best choice for a loved one with diabetes. Here are some ideas on what to give instead.

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Stores have been stocked for weeks in anticipation of Valentine’s Day. With this holiday right around the corner, you may be struggling to find the perfect gift if your loved one suffers from diabetes. The majority of store shelves are probably stocked with gifts of sugary sweets – a nightmare for those trying to control their blood sugar! So what’s a person to do? Try some of these suggestions instead!

Portion Control

First of all, put one myth aside. In many cases, a small amount of sugar isn’t going to be deadly to your beloved diabetes sufferer. This means you don’t have to completely avoid it. Of course, it’s best to look for sugar-free version of sweets as an alternative. But there are other options. Dark chocolates have less sugar than milk chocolate, for one. And remember, chocolate isn’t the only food that has sugar. Carbohydrates also can be an issue, so pay attention to them as well.

Give with Goodwill

If you want to give someone a gift, do so with good intentions and not with a lecture. If your loved one struggles with diabetes, he or she knows what works for their body. They may decide not to eat a sugary gift but that’s their decision to make. They don’t need you to give them advice. You also don’t need to make excuses if you choose a gift that isn’t food related. For example, saying something like, “I was going to get you a chocolate heart but I know that’s not good for you.” Don’t lecture or play parent.

Gifts that Can Be Problematic

If you want to avoid giving a gift that may cause problems, avoid;

  • Chocolates
  • Sugary treats
  • Carbohydrates
  • Fruit – both fresh and dry

Better Gift Ideas

Instead of going with the obvious Valentine’s Day gifts why not consider something completely different? Gifts like;

  • Non-edible, non-food gifts
  • Nuts
  • Artificially sweetened treats
  • Experiences – gifts that are something to do instead of just a “thing”.

You can still show with sweetness how much you care this Valentine’s Day without making it awkward for loved ones who struggle with diabetes.

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New Year’s Eve means lots of delicious food. You won’t be left out when you whip up some of these diabetes friendly dishes.  

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Right before making those New Year’s resolutions to cut back or get into shape it seems everyone indulges on holiday treats. This can be a nightmare if you suffer from diabetes. But, with a little help you can throw a great New Year’s Eve spread and keep your diabetes in check. Each of these recipes comes from a great dietetic cookbook. One or more might even make fabulous Holiday gifts!

Spanish Style Dates and Bacon

Dietician and cookbook author Robin Webb shares her recipe for this tasty tapas style dish in The Diabetes Comfort Food Cookbook. With only a few ingredients you might be skeptical but trust us. You’ll never look at a boring date (the edible kind) the same again.

Chili Lime Shrimp

If you’d like something a little more filling to round out your holiday offerings why not go for chili lime shrimp. You can serve it a variety of ways to accommodate everyone at your celebration, such as in lettuce cups, on a skewer, or over rice, without any feelings of missing out. Discover more great recipes in Healthy Calendar Diabetic Cooking by Lara Rondinelli-Hamilton.

Mini BBQ-Topped Potato Halves

Settling in to watch college football on New Year’s Day? These appetizers are great for a crowd. You’ll want to pay attention to how much sugar is in the BBQ sauce you choose and consider swapping white potatoes for sweet potatoes for a unique flavor and lower starch count. But the best news? They’re super quick to make. In 15-Minute Diabetic Meals by Nancy S. Hughes you’ll find this recipe and more.

Jeweled Basmati Rice with Goji Berries

Maybe your resolution for 2016 is to expand your palate. Start with this flavorful international dish. Make it as a side dish with roasted chicken or fish and swap the basmati rice for brown rice if you’re worried about carbs. The tangy burst of berries sets this dish apart. Find more recipes like this in Corrine Trang’s Asian Flavors Diabetes Cookbook.

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Here are some suggestions for people suffering with diabetes to eat and live heathier in the coming year.

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Eating healthy and exercising are common resolutions for many in the New Year, not just for those with diabetes. Although most of us start out with good intentions of living a healthier lifestyle, it’s easy to get off track and let old habits return if you don’t plan carefully.

Here are a few simple steps you should take to make your goal of living healthy with diabetes in 2016 a success.

  • Set Specific Goals – It’s easy to say you’re going to be healthier, but if you don’t set specific goals it probably won’t happen. Having a goal such as walking for a half hour in the morning, or trying a new vegetable every week, will help you stick to your plans. When choosing a goal, you’ll want to consider what behavior you want to change – whether it’s not being active or eating unhealthy foods. You’ll also need to be realistic about the amount of time you need to accomplish the goal. Remember the best goals are both obtainable and measurable. One other tip: Be sure to write your goals down and put them somewhere visible so you don’t forget.
  • Make a Plan to Reach Your Goals – Once you’ve set goals for yourself, it’s important to come up with a plan to execute them. You’ll want to consider what things might distract you or even prevent you from achieving your goals. Don’t know what to consider? The American Diabetes Association has a great planning tool to help you create a plan that works.
  • Get Moving – Now that you’ve established your goals and have a plan in place, it’s time to get to work! It’s a good idea to track your progress, as well as reward yourself along the way so that you stay engaged in your plan. If you are successful at doing a half hour walk every morning for a month, treat yourself to a special gift or day of pampering as a reward.

You can also make it more fun by switching up your goals periodically. For example, if your goal was to eat a new vegetable every week and you’ve done that for a while, maybe switch to eating a new fruit every week or find some new healthy recipes to try.

Congratulations on committing to a healthier you in the New Year! We hope these steps will help you along the way.

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Living with diabetes doesn’t mean you can’t enjoy the holidays. Try a few of these recipes to keep your meal plan on track while enjoying your favorite foods.

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It’s hard to believe, but it’s that time of year again. Thanksgiving is just a week away! For many of us, that means traveling to see our friends and family and enjoying our favorite holiday treats. However, if you’re living with diabetes, it can be difficult to find recipes that allow you to enjoy your favorite holiday foods while staying on track.

Try out these yummy recipes for a few fun ideas.

  • Lemon Garlic Turkey. It isn’t Thanksgiving without turkey. We recommend looking for a turkey labeled natural or organic to avoid the extra sodium. This recipe skips the butter and stuffing, but still leaves plenty of flavor with fresh garlic, Meyer lemons, and thyme . With less than 200 calories a serving, we give it two thumbs up. And don’t forget the white wine dressing.  
  •  Sweet Potato Casserole. Of course we didn’t forget the sweet potato casserole. This alternative recipe skips the butter and uses honey and freshly grated orange zest for great flavor. Made with low fat milk and canola oil, you can enjoy this recipe (relatively) guilt free.
  • Brussels Sprouts with Chestnuts and Sage. This classic pair goes great as a side dish and is super simple to prepare. Made with fresh sage, olive oil and chicken broth, you only need to set aside a half hour to make this one. You can also enjoy the under 70 calories price tag. 
  •  Maple Pumpkin Custard. Thanksgiving wouldn’t be Thanksgiving without a pumpkin dessert. Try this delicious alternative to a pumpkin pie combining delicious maple syrup, cinnamon, nutmeg and ginger. The best part is this sweet treat is less than 230 calories plus offers up tons of protein and fiber!

 Didn’t see one you liked? Click here for more diabetes friendly recipes including stuffing, dinner rolls and more!

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Learn all about newly-discovered risk factors for developing Type 2 diabetes.

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Studies on diabetes continue to produce new information for treatment and prevention. Recent research has uncovered even more risk factors for developing Type 2 diabetes, a disease that afflicts tens of millions of people in the U.S. alone. In addition to already-known risk factors including family history, obesity, and lack of physical activity, there are four additional factors to consider. As always, be sure to discuss these factors with your doctor before making changes to medications or eating habits.

Vitamin A Deficiencies

Research completed earlier this year led scientists to believe that a vitamin A deficiency may be linked to developing Type 2 diabetes. There are actually two types of vitamin A; the first is preformed (known as retinol) and is found in fish, poultry, meat, and dairy. Pro-vitamin A (known as beta-carotene), is found in fruits and veggies. Both types play a vital role in helping cell growth and maintaining a healthy immune system and healthy vision. Findings also suggest that synthetic forms of this essential vitamin might help reverse Type 2 diabetes, something definitely to be researched further.

Statin Use

Statins are drugs often used to lower cholesterol. Their use is also one of the latest risk factors for developing diabetes. In fact, one study showed that statin use could increase the risk for diabetes by up to 46%. It should be noted that though this study included a large sample size, it was made up only Caucasian men, meaning the findings might differ in women and people of other ethnicities. The results, however, should prompt caution when taking this type of medication.

Sugary-Drink Consumption

Sugar-filled drinks get a bad rap, and that may be for good reason. Their consumption has actually been linked to an 18% increased risk for developing type 2 diabetes. It’s not just soda pop you may need to steer clear of; fruit juice and artificially sweetened drinks are culprits too. High consumption is defined as 250 ml or about 8 oz. per day, a guideline to keep in mind when cracking open that next can of pop.

Low Birth Weight

A separate study at Harvard became the first to explore the effect of prenatal and postnatal factors in regards to developing diabetes. When it came to birth weight and lifestyle, it was determined that a low birth weight and living an unhealthy lifestyle were each associated with a higher risk for getting diabetes. Together, though, the two risk factors painted an even grimmer picture. About 18% of Type 2 diabetes cases were attributed to a low birth weight and an unhealthy lifestyle.

 

As more and more risk factors for diabetes are discovered, you’ll likely have questions about diabetes prevention and management. Let the trained experts at Focus Express Mail Pharmacy help answer your questions about not only diabetes, but insulin pumps and insulin pump supplies as well. Learn more at www.FocusPharmacy.com or call 1-866-403-6287.

 

Candy may be a big part of Halloween, but that doesn’t mean children with diabetes can’t partake in the holiday.

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Ghosts, ghouls and goblins aren’t the scariest part of Halloween if your child has diabetes. According to the National Retail Federation, the average American spends more than $20 on Halloween candy, with total national spending clocking in at more than $2 billion. But the holiday’s sugary nature doesn’t mean your child can’t participate—follow the simple solutions below to safely navigate the festivities.

Make a plan

Determine how much candy your child is allowed to keep and eat on Halloween, and adjust their meal plan based on the number of carbohydrates they’ll be consuming. Check out the JDRF website for a handy list of common Halloween candy carb values. Joslin Diabetes Center also suggests including your child in the planning process so they know what to expect and can contribute ideas for what to do with extra goodies.

Navigating trick-or-treating

Take the focus off sweets by encouraging your child to select or create a costume they’re really enthusiastic about. To protect feet make sure they’re wearing close-toed shoes and moisture-wicking socks.

Because trick-or-treating can mean a lot of walking, be prepared for fluctuations in blood glucose levels by packing a healthy snack, such as dried apple slices or a rice cake with peanut butter. Having healthy options on hand means kids will be less tempted to sneak candy.

Shop smart

When the last trick-or-treater rings your bell, chances are that you’ll be left with excess sweets, so choosing the right candy to pass out is essential. Hard candy, gumdrops or lollipops are good options because they can be used to treat glucose lows throughout the year, unlike high-fat treats like chocolate.

Dealing with extra candy

After your child enjoys the agreed-upon number of sweets, put away the remainder and work it into their diets in the following months, perhaps including a piece or two with lunch. Additional options including letting your child exchange candy for a treat, such as a toy, special dinner or fun activity, or donating leftovers to a local community group.

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Here are some great fall foods that taste delicious and can help create a balanced diet for those with diabetes.

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Fall weather is here, and thoughts of delicious fall foods like apples, pumpkins and squash come with it. But did you know certain fall foods can help create a balanced diet for those with diabetes. Incorporate some of the foods into your meal planning and you’ll not only feel better but you’ll be eating great as well!

Apples

We’ve all heard the adage, “an apple a day keeps the doctor away,” well it’s true, especially for those with Type 2 diabetes. The fruit is high in soluble fiber which helps regulate sugar in the blood stream.  Eating the apple raw is always an option or make it into something else like this recipe for sautéed pork chops with apples or an amazing apple tart.

Squash

Is there a more beloved fall food than squash? With countless varieties of this vegetable that can be purchased quite inexpensively, squash is good for you and your wallet. Don’t limit yourself and only think of squash served sweet. Pick up a spaghetti squash. With insides that are similar to spaghetti, it makes a great substitute for the high carb real thing. Or pick up a yellow squash, dice into medallions and enjoy a cheesy squash bake.

Soups

Cold weather means a need to warm up. Sipping soup is a great way to do just that! Choose something light such as egg drop soup.  Or go for something more filling like a German-Potato Sausage Soup or Red Bean Soup both of which will keep you full and satisfied.  Just be sure to watch your portion size as it can be easy to eat enough to throw your insulin rates off.

Nuts

Nuts are good for you because they are a seed and a fruit combined. They also are one of the most nutritious foods you can eat. If you don’t have diabetes, eating nuts can reduce your risk of getting the disease but, if you already are suffering with diabetes, they can help stabilize your sugars. The best way to eat nuts is in their natural state but if you’d rather include them in a meal why not try these fruit and nut twists?

Pumpkin

No, they’re not just for carving. Pumpkins, like squash, are a healthy vegetable with a lot of flavor and versatility. Some even go so far as to say pumpkin seeds are a diabetes superfood! Combine apples and pumpkin to make these Apple-Pumpkin muffins . If you’re fretting over missing the annual Thanksgiving pumpkin pie, whip up this crust less version so as not to miss out!

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Don’t miss out on the rich, delicious foods that come along with fall if you suffer from diabetes. Here are some delicious recipes that won’t ruin your diet.

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When the cool temperatures of fall blow through the apple orchards and pumpkin patches, our minds and stomachs immediately begin thinking about comfort foods. Often times these heavy, rich foods can lead to disaster for those managing diabetes. To keep your insulin pump or other diabetes medication working well, it’s important to monitor your diet. But, this doesn’t mean you can’t take advantage of all the flavors that make fall…..well,  FALL! These great recipes will give you plenty of ideas for your diabetes-friendly meal planning.

Breakfast

It’s the most important meal of the day so make it a priority. We recently shared some great ideas to start your day right. If you’re looking for even more ideas why not try a delicious peach and blueberry parfait? Use your favorite flavor of yogurt (or plain yogurt to cut the sugar even further), and layer in fresh fruits. Top with a whole grain cereal for an extra crunch.

If savory is more your style why not try an open-face spinach and olive melt? With only 100 calories per serving you can fill up without maxing out your breakfast calories.

Lunch

When lunch rolls around it’s time to fill up. If you’ve got a limited lunch break, time is always a factor. Instead of reaching for something from a vending machine or grabbing fat and calorie heavy takeout, prepare a pot of soup the night before and heat it up.

  • Indonesian Chicken and Soba Soup is packed with flavors and is easy to make ahead of time and reheat. You can always leave off the noodles if your carb count for the day is high or if you’re gluten-free.
  • Cream of Chicken and Rice Florentine is a great example of how you can enjoy a creamy, rich soup without lots of calories. Each serving is 300 calories and loaded with vegetables. The flavors of lemon, garlic, and onion come together to give off not only a great scent but amazing taste.
  • Pasta e Fagoli may seem like a good choice if you stop at a popular chain restaurant. But by making it yourself you can save calories and money. This recipe has just 235 calories and 35 carb grams per serving. It’s also perfect to make ahead.

Dinner

End your day with a well-balanced dinner. Keep things simple by preparing a casserole like a Moroccan Beef and Pumpkin Bake. Mix together the flavors of North Africa with plentiful pumpkins for a delicious and simple one pan meal.

Green Beans with Bacon and Walnuts or Smoky Baked Beans are easy side dishes you can pair with a grilled meat or additional vegetable dish for a vegetarian meal.

To end your day on a sweet note make a batch of chocolate chunk cookies. The best thing about this recipe? There are countless substitutions! Instead of oil used canned pumpkin or bananas. You could also mix in nuts for some additional protein.

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Seven common questions relating to diabetes in women.

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Like most diseases, diabetes affects each person in a slightly different manner. Just as your body is uniquely yours, so is the diabetes that you manage. And being a woman with the Type 1 or Type 2 diabetes yields yet an additional set of distinct questions. Read on for the answers to some common questions regarding diabetes in women.

Which diabetes medication has side effects specific to women?

Thiazolidinediones, or TZDs, are oral medications that may cause women who aren’t ovulating and have yet to go through menopause to begin ovulating. This means they’re able to conceive again. In addition, oral contraceptives might be less effective when taken with TZDs, increasing the chance of conception even more. Examples of TZDs are Actos and Avandia.

Should women with diabetes abstain from alcohol?

The American Diabetes Association (ADA) recommends women with diabetes stick to one drink per day, if they choose to drink alcohol at all.  According to their guidelines, one drink is the equivalent of one glass of wine or 12 ounces of beer.

Do women with diabetes have any sexual-health issues because of the disease?

It’s possible for some women to experience some changes in their sexual health due to diabetes. These include discomfort during intercourse, a decrease in vaginal lubrication, and an overall lack of libido.

Is it okay for a woman with diabetes to breastfeed?

Typically, yes, it’s perfectly fine for a mother with diabetes to nurse her child. Breast milk is generally recommended for all mothers who have preexisting or gestational diabetes since it provides the best nutrition for the baby.

Why are women with diabetes more likely to develop recurrent yeast infections?

Because glucose, or sugar in the blood serves as a trigger for yeast to grow in the body, women with diabetes tend to develop recurrent yeast infections more frequently.

What is the recommended daily intake of cholesterol for women with diabetes?

The ADA suggests cholesterol levels be less than 200, with LDL (bad cholesterol) under 100 mg/dL, HDL (good cholesterol) above 55 mg/dL, and triglycerides under 150 mg/dL.

Will a woman with diabetes pass the disease on to her children?

There are many factors that determine whether someone with diabetes will pass the disease on. Risk factors include whether there is a history of diabetes in the family, how old the mother is when the child is born, and the mother’s age at the time of diagnosis.

Information is power, so feel encouraged knowing the more knowledge you have about diabetes will help you manage its effects on your body. No matter the issue, though, remember to discuss any health concern or change in medication with your physician.

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