PDG Don DeVault, R.N., Diabetes Chairperson
Could 'Medical Food' Improve Diabetic Neuropathy Symptoms?
New products provide necessary nutrients to combat the complication
The Orphan Drug Amendments of 1988 defines “medical food” as a food which is formulated to be consumed or administered enterally under the supervision of a physician, and which is intended for the specific dietary management of a disease or condition for which distinctive nutritional requirements, based on recognized scientific principles, are established by medical evaluation.
In this example, a product called Metanx(R) is utilized to help provide the nutritional requirements that will help support nerve function. It has been shown in studies that blood vessel damage is part of that pathology of diabetic neuropathy. In restoring nutrients that blood vessels need to stay healthy, Metanx(R) has been shown to increase circulation and oxygen, which leads to better supply the nervous system. There are also other proposed mechanisms, but the best thing about this type of therapy is the relative lack of side effects compared to traditional drugs used for neuropathy treatment. Not all therapy works for every patient, but it's nice to know the choice exists. http://www.diabeticconnect.com/diabetes-information-articles/general/522-could-medical-food-improve-neuropathy-symptoms?utm_source=Newsletter&utm_medium=Email&utm_campaign=DCN_20140719&utm_term=1button#0
How About Ice Cream Without All The Carbs?
Double-Berry Ice Cream
By Nikki Sherriff
Fresh strawberries and raspberries make a fabulous frozen dessert with only 9g carbs per serving. Sweet!
2 cups whole strawberries, the tops removed
1 cup raspberries
1/4 cup C&H light sugar (sugar-stevia blend found in most grocery stores)
2 cups half & half
1/2 package unflavored gelatin
1 TBL lemon juice
In a small pan, mix the sugar, gelatin and 1/2 cup of the half & half.
Heat over medium heat until the gelatin and sugar are dissolved, but don't let it come to a full boil.
In a large bowl, mix the heated mixture with the remaining ingredients.
With an immersion blender (or in a blender) blend the mixture, just until the berries are in small chunks.
Pour into an ice cream maker and freeze according to manufacturer's directions.
TIP: Half & half can be substituted with whole milk, making the ice cream more of a sorbet texture. Counts will change to: 48 calories, 1.4g total fat, 9g carbohydrates, 2g protein, 17mg sodium
1 serving=1/2 cup ice cream
Total Fat 4.6g
Saturated Fat 2.8g
Trans Fat 0g
Dietary Fiber 1g
Physical fitness reduces effects of sedentary behavior
A new study has revealed that physical fitness may buffer some of the adverse health effects of too much sitting.
According to a new study by researchers from the American Cancer Society, The Cooper Institute, and the University of Texas, there is an association between prolonged sedentary time and obesity and blood markers associated with cardiovascular disease is markedly less pronounced when taking fitness into account.
Kerem Shuval, Ph.D., of the American Cancer Society, examined the association of sedentary behavior, physical activity, and fitness to obesity and metabolic biomarkers among 1304 men seen at the Cooper Clinic in Dallas, Texas between 1981 and 2012. Sedentary time was composed of self-reported television viewing time and time spent in a car self-reported on a 1982 survey. Fitness was determined by a treadmill test during the medical examination at clinic visits.
The study showed that more sedentary time was significantly associated with higher levels of systolic blood pressure, and total cholesterol and triglycerides, as well as lower levels of HDL, the "good" cholesterol.
It was also associated with BMI, waist circumference, and body fat percentage. But when researchers controlled for fitness, they found prolonged sedentary time was only significantly associated with a higher triglyceride/HDL cholesterol ratio (an indicator of insulin resistance). Sedentary time was not associated with metabolic syndrome (a clustering of risk factors). In comparison, higher fitness levels were associated with reduced adiposity and metabolic measures.
The study was published in the journal Mayo Clinic Proceedings.
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