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  Diabetic Digest - Wednesday, August 2, 2006
News, updates and help from and for the diabetic community.

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It may be extremely hot outdoors, but I still need to get 
some exercise. I usually take a long walk or play basket-
ball in my yard, but it has just been too hot. 

I've taken to running up and down the stairs with wrist 
and ankle weights on. I remember doing this when I was 
younger. Before I had the weights, I held large soup cans 
in my hands as I traveled up and down those stairs. It 
worked great. I never got dehydrated like I would if I had 
done this outside. It was a great way to get some exercise 
without having to spend a ton of money of face the 
unbelievable heat. 

Even if the weather isn't cooperating that doesn't mean you 
can stop getting a healthy dose of exercise. 


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CALGARY, Alberta - A Calgary biotech company says it is 
has developed a method of producing large amounts of human 
insulin from genetically modified safflower plants. The 
Globe and Mail said the innovation could change the 
economics of the diabetes market. Worldwide demand for 
insulin is forecast to soar by 2010 because more people 
are developing diabetes and are being diagnosed earlier 
in their lives -- and because of the development of new 
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                    Diabetic Recipe

                     3-Alarm Chili

                  (makes 4 servings)

1 pound (480 g) top sirloin, coarsely ground
1 medium white onion, 6 ounces (180 g), chopped
1 large clove garlic, minced
1 medium red bell pepper, 6 ounces (180 g), seeded and 
3 tablespoons (45 ml) good-quality chili powder
1/2 tablespoon (7.5 ml) ground cumin
1 teaspoon (5 ml) crushed dried oregano
1 14 1/2-ounce (435 g) no salt added crushed tomatoes
1/2 cup (120 ml) low-sodium canned beef broth

1/2 cup (115 g) plain nonfat yogurt
2 tablespoons (30 ml) minced fresh cilantro
1 teaspoon (5 ml) good-quality chili powder
1/8 teaspoon (0.6 ml) cayenne pepper

1. Put the ground sirloin in a Dutch oven or large saucepan 
   over medium heat. Cook, stirring, until beef is no 
   longer pink. Drain off any fat or juices. 

2. Measure 2 tablespoons of the onion; set aside. Put 
   remaining onion, garlic, and bell pepper into the pot 
   and cook, stirring, for 5 minutes. Stir in chili powder, 
   cumin, oregano, tomatoes with their liquid, and beef 

3. Lower heat to simmer and cook, covered, until meat and 
    vegetables are tender, about 35 to 45 minutes. 

4. Meanwhile, finely mince the reserved onion. Place in a 
   small bowl and stir in remaining topping ingredients. 
   Set aside. 

5. When chili is done, ladle into bowl and offer topping 
   to spoon onto each serving. 

Per serving: 252 calories (26% calories from fat), 
             31 g protein, 8 g total fat (3.0 g saturated 
             fat), 17 g carbohydrate, 4 g dietary fiber, 
             75 mg cholesterol, 147 mg sodium 

Diabetic exchanges: 3 1/2 lean protein, 1 carbohydrate 
                    (3 vegetable)

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