LiveingWell Health News Letter

  1. DIABETES:  2. HERBAL

3. HEALTH SITES    4. RECIPE   5. FACTS & TIPS   6. THOUGHT OF THE DAY

1. DIABETES:

 It's not being fearful about having a chronic illness.  It's about having enough hard-and-fast, life-affirming

medical information to face the future with confidence.  Nearly six million Americans have undiagnosed

diabetes.  If you have two or more of the following risk factors, see your doctor now.

Age greater than 45 years.

Close family member(s) with diabetes.

African American, Native American, Asian, Pacific Island or Latino descent.

Excess weight, particularly around the waist.

Inactive lifestyle.

High Cholesterol, High blood pressure, Gestational diabetes, delivery of a baby weighing more than nine

pounds or polycystic ovary syndrone.

KNOW THE ENEMY STAY IN FOCUS

Early diagnosis and treatment can prevent most of diabete worst complications.  The American Diabetes

Association (ADA) recommends adults be screened at age 45, with follow-up tests every three years.  People

with risk factors may need earlier more frequent  testing.  If your diagnosed with type 1, which occurs when the

body mistakenly attacks insulin-producing cells, or advanced type 2, in which the body's cells gradually stop

responding to insulin.  The pancreas compestes for this "insulin resistance"  by producing of the hormone, until

it loses the ability to make insulin at all.  Ninety percent of people with diabetes have type 2, diabetes and your

pancreas is still able to produce insulin, your doctor will advise you on a diet and excercise  plan and may

prescribe medication- the most common are alpha-glucosidase inhibitors, biguanides, meglitinides

sulfonylureas and thiazolidinediones--to help keep your blood sugar in line.

Most people show no signs of diabetes until considerable damage has been done.  Seek immediate medical

attention if you experience frequent urination; excess thirst; unexplained weight loss, despite almost constant

hunger; fatigue;  blurred vision; frequent infections; slow-healing cuts, or bruises; or numbness or tingling in

the legs, feet or fingers

Some of the causes of diabetes can be that you are born with it, you developed it do to being overweight,

you inherited it through your family blood line. Through your diet, exercise, minerals and vitamins each play

a hugh role in living a diabetic life that can lead to being insulin free. All play a role that has a positive effect.

The most important factor in the diabetic's diet is weight control. Excess weight makes the

body less sensitive to insulin, the hormone needed to control the level of glucose in the blood. But, when

weight goes down, the sensitivity to glucose and insulin often returns. And the blood sugar level goes back to

normal or very close to normal. It just so happens that one of the best foodstuffs to counter obesity is also an

excellent measure against heart disease as well--a disease that threatens most diabetics. The wonder worker

is fiber, fiber which when added to the diet in a big way can be a big boom to health.   Dietary fiber

counteracts the development of obesity in several ways.   Fiber rich foods take longer to eat.   Also, fiber

provides bulk without energy, and thus helps to fill the stomach and provide satiety before excess calories are

consumed.   In addition, fiber also slightly reduces the amount of energy absorbed from the food that is

eaten.   Fibers effectiveness in diabetes has to do with the way it is digested.  That is, "fiber in food renders the

intestinal content more gelatinous and thus slows absorption of energy from the gut. This reduces

postprandial(after-eating) blood sugar levels and is protective against both hyperglycemia and hypoglycemia.

Many foods that are high in complex carbohydrates are also rich in fiber, and so are ideal for diabetics. These

foods include whole-grain breads, high-fiber cereals (such as oatmeal), fresh vegetables, fresh fruits, rice,

beans, and corn. Remember if you alter your diet be sure to tell your doctor first, as your medication needs

may change.

Researchers believe that the positive effects of exercise, diet, taking extra chromium, zinc, vanadium,

vitamins, c may have something to do with an increase in insulin binding at the cellular level. Most hormones

like insulin work by binding to cells at a specific site on the cell membrane. Exercise consisting of one hour of

stationary cycling, four times a week, had positive effects on insulin sensitivity in healthy volunteers done in a

study at yale University. Although the men's body weight remained the same, their sugar uptake by insulin was

30 percent higher after exercising. Insulin binding to moncytes(whiteblood cells) also increased by 35 percent.

Both Chromium and zinc also play a role in speeding up the healing of wounds. Slow healing is a problem for

many diabetics, in the early stages of adult-onset diabetes people actually have very high insulin levels. But

their insulin is inefficient and can't do the work it's supposed to do. When they are given chromium, both their

sugar and insulin levels go down wounds have been known to heal faster in some case. (Unfortunately,

chromium has no effect on those with juvenile-onset diabetes.   That's because in this form of the disease, the

body produces no insulin at all, so their's nothing for the chromium to enhance. The another element possibly

helpful in diabetes is zinc, which increases the potency of insulin, increases glucose tolerance and speeds wound

healing.

Many diabetics may do well eating smaller, more frequent meals, rather than the two or three big meals most

people consume daily. Studies have found that multiple frequent feedings tend to keep blood cholesterol levels

lower, for diabetic and nondiabetic alike. For the most part, they are also urged to substitute polyusaturated

fats for the saturated type when possible. Fish and poultry are especially recommended, instead of fatty cuts of

meat. Greasy fried foods are discouraged. Diabetics who wish to minimize the ill effects of their condition

should eliminate cigarette smoking, alcohol, and follow a program of moderate but regular exercise, correct

diet, wear shoes that do not cause abrasions of the feet. A small sore that might be a nuisance to most people

can lead to ulcer or gangrene in a diabetic. Diabetic should see a first rate podiatrist if they have even the

slightest problem with their feet.

For more information, contact the American Diabetes Association at 1-800-DIABETES, website

www.diabetes.org;the JuvenileDiabetes  Research Foundation at 1 800 533 CURE,  www.jdrf.org; or the

National Diabetes Information Clearinghouse at 1 800 860 8747 www.niddk.nih.gov/health/diabetes/ndic.html

2. HERBAL TEAS:

Fast working weight loss and cleansing teas best used in loose form.

Licorice Root Stimulates the liver to cleanse the body of fat.  It's natural concentrated sweetness curbs

cravings for sugar.

Fenugreek  Regulates your pituitary gland to control your appetite.  Excellent digestive aid.   Help cleanse

the body of poisonous toxins.

Chickweed This is a natural diuretic, and inportant part of any weight loss program.  Will also curb your

appetite.

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4. RECIPE :  

Braised Chicken with Shiitake and Bok Choy

This meal will serve 4 people/

Bok choy stalks require more cooking time than the greens, so separate the stalks and leaves before slicing

them.  Serve this brothy meal in large shallow bowels over thin noodles like udon or soba (found in the

international aisle of your supermarket)  Toss the cooked noodles with 1 tablespoon of toasted sesame oil to

add flavor and prevent them from sticking.

1 ounce (about 15) dried shiitake mushrooms

1 medium head (about 1 & one haft pounds) boy choy, stalks and greens separated.

1  three inch piece gingerroot, peeled and minced (about 3 tablespoons)

1 & 1/4 pounds skinless, boneless chicken thighs, cut into 1/2 inch wide strips.

1. Place mushrooms in a small bowel, cover with 2 & 1/2 cups hot water, and soak until softened, about 20

minutes.  Carefully lift mushrooms from water, letting any grit stay in the bottom of the bowel.  Trim and

discard mushroom stems and cut caps into thin strips.  Line a strainer with a paper towel and set it over a large

skillet with straight sides or a Dutch oven.  Pour the mushrooms liquid through strainer.

2. While the mushrooms are soaking, cut each white stalk of bok choy in haft lengthwise and then crosswise

into thin strips.  Stack the green leaves and then slice them crosswise into strips.  Keep sliced stalks and leaves

separate.

3. Add ginger and soaked mushrooms to strained liquid in skillet and bring to a boil over high heat.  Reduce

heat to low and simmer for 5 minutes so flavors can blend.  Season chicken with salt and lemon pepper and add

chicken to pan, stirring to separate pieces and mix with mushrooms.  Top with bok choy stalks, cover pan, and

bring back to a simmer.  Cook until chicken is slightly underdone, 5 to 6 minutes.  Place bok choy greens on top

of stalks, cover pan, and continue cooking until chicken is done and greens have wilted, about 2 minutes more.

 Taste and add more salt or pepper if necessary serve immediately.  

Per serving 325 calories, 39 G Protein 14 G Fat, 4 G Saturated Fat, 128 MG Cholesterol, 10 G Carbohydrates,

3 G fiber, 201 MG. Sodium, 17 % Calcium

5. FACTS AND TIPS:

Pomegranate power.

Pomergranate are rich in polyphenols, which reduce the oxidation of LDL ("bad") cholesterol that causes

plaque buildup in the arteries.  Indeed, pomergranate juice contains more polyphenols than red or white wine,

green tea and various juices, including grape, cramberry, blueberry, apple, orange and grapefruit.  Besides

 heart disease, oxidation has been associated with several conditions, including cancer.

6. Thought of the Day: "Self-confidence is the first requisite to great undertakings"

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