PDG Don DeVault, R.N., Diabetes Chairperson
Tangy, mildly spicy and tender, this chicken is delicious with black beans and salsa
photographer: Ken Burris
Total Time: 1 hour 20 minutes (including 1 hour marinating time)
1/4 cup lime juice, (about 2 limes)
2 tablespoons canola oil
1 tablespoon white vinegar
1 teaspoon ground cumin
1/4 teaspoon salt
1 jalapeno, sliced
1-1 1/4 pounds boneless, skinless chicken breasts, trimmed of fat, tenders removed
Marinate chicken in the refrigerator for up to 1 day and/or refrigerate cooked chicken for up to 1 day. Slice just before serving.
8 servings, about 1.5 ounces each
Whisk lime juice, oil, vinegar, cumin and salt in a small bowl. Stir in jalapeno. Place chicken in a shallow baking dish and pour the marinade over it, turning to coat both sides. Cover and refrigerate for at least 1 hour, turning once, or overnight.
Preheat grill to high heat. Oil the grill rack (see Tip). Grill the chicken until cooked through and no longer pink in the middle, 3 to 4 minutes per side. Let cool slightly; thinly slice crosswise. Serve warm or chilled.
Servings 8 Per serving
Saturated Fat 0g
Monounsaturated Fat 1g
Dietary Fiber 0g
Added Sugars 0g
Exchanges 2 very lean meat
Carbohydrate Servings 0
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Diabetic neuropathy is nerve damage that results from prolonged periods of high blood sugar levels. Most commonly, it causes pain in the feet, legs, arms and hands, but it can also affect the digestive system and blood vessels.
Recent studies have shown that exercise can reduce the symptoms of neuropathy and even help you control your blood sugar.
Exercise and Neuropathy Pain
One of the key benefits of exercise is improved blood circulation. This increases the flow of oxygen and subsequently strengthens nerve tissue. Under the guidance of a physician, diabetics suffering from neuropathy can:
• Improve their physical function, mood and pain tolerance
• Prevent muscle atrophy
• Control weight
• Control blood sugar levels
According to a study published in The Journal of Diabetes Complications, people who took a brisk, one-hour walk four times a week on a treadmill slowed the progression of nerve damage. Similarly, at the University of Kansas, participants in a 10-week aerobic and strengthening exercise program experienced less neuropathic nerve fiber branching, supporting the value of exercise in neuropathy treatment.
What Types of Exercise are Best?
Diabetics should engage in a comprehensive exercise routine that involves:
• Aerobic exercise
• Flexibility training
• Strength training
• Balance exercises
Activities that the Foundation for Peripheral Neuropathy recommends include brisk walking, swimming and riding a stationary bicycle. In addition, stretching muscles regularly will improve joint flexibility and reduce the risk of injury.
Finally, be sure to incorporate strength training (resistance training, weights and isometrics) into your routine. This will help you build strong bones and muscles and raise your metabolic rate, which encourages weight loss.
Before You Begin
Talk to your doctor and physical therapist before you start an exercise program to be certain that the program you choose will control your neuropathy safely and effectively.
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TYPE 1 DIABETES
The exact cause of type 1 diabetes is unknown. In most people with type 1 diabetes, the body's own immune system - which normally fights harmful bacteria and viruses - mistakenly destroys the insulin-producing (islet) cells in the pancreas. Genetics may play a role in this process, and exposure to certain viruses may trigger the disease.
THE ROLE OF INSULIN Once the islet cells are destroyed, you'll produce little or no insulin. Insulin is a hormone that comes from the pancreas, a gland situated behind and below the stomach.
The pancreas secretes insulin into the bloodstream. The insulin circulates, enabling sugar to enter your cells. Insulin lowers the amount of sugar in your bloodstream. As your blood sugar level drops, so does the secretion of insulin from your pancreas.
THE ROLE OF GLUCOSE Glucose — a sugar — is a main source of energy for the cells that make up muscles and other tissues.
Glucose comes from two major sources: food and your liver.
Sugar is absorbed into the bloodstream, where it enters cells with the help of insulin.
Your liver stores glucose as glycogen.
When your insulin levels are low, such as when you haven't eaten in a while, the liver converts stored glycogen into glucose to keep your glucose level within a normal range.
In type 1 diabetes, there's no insulin to let glucose into the cells, so sugar builds up in your bloodstream, where it can cause life-threatening complications.
The cause of type 1 diabetes is different from the cause of the more familiar type 2 diabetes. In type 2 diabetes, the islet cells are still functioning, but the body becomes resistant to insulin, or the pancreas doesn't produce enough insulin or both.
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