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Diabetic Digest - Wednesday, November 7, 2007
News, updates and help from and for the diabetic community.


Are you ready for another informative edition of the 
Diabetic Digest? Good. I'm glad. 

Let's start things off with a great video clip that covers 
the topic of Nutrition for Diabetics. Good nutrition is 
vital when you have Diabetes. In this clip find out some 
good tips on creating a meal plan for managing Diabetes. 

Just click the link  below to view the video clip. 

View: Nutrition for Diabetics 

After the clip I have two wonderful articles and a recipe 
for Strawberry Shake. Delicious! 

Enjoy today's Diabetic Digest and have a great day! 


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Breast-feeding Linked to Heart-health Benefits

ORLANDO, Florida (Reuters) - The list of health benefits
to children who were breast-fed as babies is growing, with
research unveiled on Monday showing they are more likely
as adults to have higher levels of "good" cholesterol.

Numerous studies have shown babies whose mothers breast-
fed them enjoy health advantages over formula-fed babies. 
These include fewer ear, stomach or intestinal infections, 
digestive problems, skin diseases and allergies, and less 
likelihood of developing high blood pressure, diabetes and 

Now, a study presented at an American Heart Association 
meeting found that breast-fed babies are better off in two 
important heart disease risk factors as adults than bottle-
fed babies -- levels of "good" HDL cholesterol and body 
mass index. 

The study looked at 962 people, average age 41, taking part 
in the long-running Framingham Heart Study centered on 
Framingham, Massachusetts. About a quarter of the children 
were breast-fed for at least a month as babies. 

Those who were breast-fed were 55 percent more likely to 
have high average levels of high-density lipoprotein, or 
HDL, cholesterol in adulthood than low levels. 

Those who were breast-fed on average had a lower body mass 
index, or BMI, as adults -- 26.1 compared to 26.9 for the 
bottle-fed counterparts. Adults with a BMI above 25 are 
considered overweight and at higher risk for heart disease. 

Having a higher HDL is considered protective against cardio-
vascular disease like stroke and heart attack. People with 
a lower BMI also have a risk for cardiovascular disease. 

These cholesterol and BMI differences were modest but 
significant, according to Dr. Nisha Parikh of Beth Israel 
Deaconess Medical Center in Boston, who led the study. 

"The results are intriguing in that they point to this 
concept that early nutrition or early environmental 
exposures may affect long-term health," Parikh said in 
an interview. 

Breast-feeding was not associated with benefits in other 
heart disease risk factors that the researchers examined, 
including total cholesterol and blood pressure. 

The mothers of all the people tracked in the research were 
also part of the Framingham study. 

Copyright 2006 Reuters Limited. All rights reserved. 


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         Diabetes Communities Unite to Celebrate 
             World Diabetes Day November 14 

NEW YORK, Nov 05, 2007 /PRNewswire-USNewswire via COMTEX/ 
-- Leading Diabetes Organizations Join Forces to Fight 
Diabetes as World Diabetes Day Celebrations get underway 
in New York City 

Diabetes currently affects 246 million people globally, 
including nearly 21 million children and adults in the 
United States. For all of them and the many millions more 
at risk, November 14, 2007 is a highly significant date 
as it marks the first United Nations-observed World 
Diabetes Day. 

The International Diabetes Federation (IDF), who leads 
the campaign, will be joined by the American Diabetes 
Association (ADA), the Juvenile Diabetes Research 
Foundation (JDRF), and many other organizations to mark 
the day in celebrations throughout the United States. 

World Diabetes Day is the primary global awareness 
campaign of the diabetes world. It was introduced by IDF 
and the World Health Organization in response to concern 
over increasing numbers of people with diabetes around 
the world. The date marks the birthday of Frederick 
Banting who, along with Charles Best, first conceived the 
idea which led to the discovery of insulin in 1921. With 
the passage of the United Nations' World Diabetes Day 
Resolution in December 2006, November 14 has now become 
a United Nations-observed day. 

Thousands of New Yorkers will join the millions of people 
worldwide who will use the day to raise awareness of 
diabetes and its serious complications. IDF has planned 
a host of activities throughout the city. These include 
the formation of a human blue circle on the grounds of the 
United Nations - the blue circle is the global symbol for 
diabetes; a 246-step march from the UN down 1st Avenue in 
honor of people with diabetes worldwide; and a diabetes 
education rally that will include musical performances and 
celebrity appearances. As the sun sets on World Diabetes 
Day, over 120 iconic sites and buildings around the world 
will light up in blue to mark the day. Monuments in the 
US include the Empire State Building in New York, Sears 
Tower in Chicago, Prudential Tower in Boston, Los Angeles 
Airport (LAX) in Los Angeles, the Soldiers' and Sailors' 
Monument in Indianapolis, the Four Freedoms Monument in 
Evansville, San Francisco City Hall and Coit Tower in 
San Francisco, Qwest Stadium in Seattle and the Naismith 
Memorial Basketball Hall of Fame in Springfield. 

Professor Martin Silink, President of the International 
Diabetes Federation explained the significance of the 
lightings: "These landmarks are lighting up as beacons of 
hope for the 246 million people living with diabetes world-
wide. The illumination of so many landmarks is a prominent 
statement to governments everywhere: the global diabetes 
epidemic can no longer be ignored." 

American Idol finalist and recording artist Elliott Yamin, 
who has type 1 diabetes, will perform "Promise to Remember 
Me," a song written for JDRF by Grammy-award winning 
composer Alan Silvestri and lyricist Steven Schwartz. He 
will be joined in song at the U.N.'s Rose Garden opening 
ceremony by children with diabetes. Restaurateur and 
television host B. Smith will emcee the Diabetes Education 
Rally and lead hundreds of World Diabetes Day supporters. 
This inspirational and educational event follows the 
246-step march from the U.N. building to Guastavino's 
restaurant under the 59th Street Bridge, with each step 
representing one million people with diabetes. 

Dr. Francine Kaufman, who leads the campaign to raise 
awareness of diabetes in children, the theme of this year's 
World Diabetes Day hopes that increased awareness of 
diabetes can lead to improved care: "The United Nations 
now recognizes diabetes as a serious disease that poses 
severe risks for families, countries and the entire world. 
Governments everywhere have now acknowledged the negative 
effect on economies and development. We now need 
individuals to appreciate the risks of diabetes and under-
stand what can be done to control the disease and prevent 
or delay its life-threatening complications." 

New York's Mayor Michael Bloomberg and Governor Eliot 
Spitzer, Chicago's Mayor Richard Daley, Los Angeles' Mayor 
Antonio R. Villaraigosa, and the Mayor of St. Louis, 
Francis Slay among others, have all officially proclaimed 
November 14 as World Diabetes Day in their respective 
cities. City and town officials throughout the country 
have responded to the need to recognize the day and the 
significance of diabetes for so many Americans. 

This first U.N.-observed day is a result of the landmark 
resolution recognizing that diabetes presents as great a 
threat to global health as HIV/AIDS, tuberculosis and 

For more details on World Diabetes Day and events around 
the U.S., please visit http://www.worlddiabetesday.org 

SOURCE American Diabetes Association

Copyright (C) 2007 PR Newswire. All Rights Reserved

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                     Diabetic Recipe

                    Strawberry Shake

                    (makes 1 serving)

1/3 cup (47 g) frozen low-fat, sugar-free vanilla yogurt
1/4 cup (40 g) crushed ice
1/4 cup (60 ml) skim milk
6 large fresh strawberries, stemmed and cut in half
1/4 teaspoon (1.25 ml) vanilla extract

1. In a blender, combine the frozen yogurt, crushed ice, 
   and milk, turning the machine off and on several times 
   until blended, about 1 minute. 

2. Add the strawberries and vanilla. Blend for another 
   30 seconds, until strawberries are finely chopped. 

3. Pour into a tall glass and serve with 2 straws, if 

Per serving: 114 calories (4% calories from fat), 
             5 g protein, trace total fat (0.1 g saturated 
             fat), 23 g carbohydrate, 1 md cholesterol, 
             66 mg sodium 

Diabetic exchanges: 1 1/2 carbohydrate (1 bread/starch, 
                    1/2 fruit)

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