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Diabetic Digest - Wednesday, November 8, 2006
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News, updates and help from and for the diabetic community.
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Readers:

The holiday season is coming up soon and we all know what 
that means, Food-Food-Food. 

Gatherings, traveling and busy schedules shouldn't keep you 
from taking care of yourself. The holiday season is one of 
the hardest to eat right and exercise. I know it's tough, 
but I'm going to keep to my diet and exercise routine and 
you should too. I'm not saying that you shouldn't enjoy the 
food. I'm just saying that you should remember what you 
should eat and what you shouldn't. 

You'll thank me for it later. 

Regards,
Steve

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Smoking Harms Kidney Function In Type 2 People With Diabetes

NEW YORK (Reuters Health) - People with type 2 diabetes
who smoke cigarettes are more than twice as likely as non-
smokers to have impaired kidney function, research shows.

The findings underscore the importance of helping diabetics 
kick the habit, Dr. Mauro Cignarelli of the University of 
Foggia in Italy and his colleagues write in the journal 
Diabetes Care. 

While smoking is known to damage the kidneys of individuals 
with type 1 diabetes, its effects have not been studied as 
extensively in people with type 2 diabetes. 

To investigate, the researchers looked at a measure of 
kidney function called glomerular filtration rate (GFR) 
in 158 smokers and 158 never-smokers, all of whom had type 
2 diabetes. GFR measures how quickly the tiny blood vessels 
in the kidneys are able to filter waste products out of the 
blood. 

Twelve percent of the non-smokers had a low GFR, the 
researchers found, compared to 21 percent of the smokers, 
making smokers 2.2 times more likely to have impaired 
kidney function. The effects were strongest in those who 
had had diabetes for the shortest time; in this group, 
smokers were more than four times as likely as non-smokers 
to have low GFR, indicating impaired kidney function. 

The researchers also found higher levels of tissue-damaging 
byproducts of metabolism known as oxygen free radicals in 
the smokers, which they suggest might have helped fuel the 
damage. 

"While waiting for prospective studies to clarify the 
relationship between smoking and kidney damage in diabetic 
patients, efforts to help type 2 diabetic patients to quit 
smoking are strongly recommended," Cignarelli and 
colleagues conclude. 

SOURCE: Diabetes Care, November 2006.

Copyright © 2006 Reuters Limited.

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                     Diabetic Recipe

                      Carrot Cake

                  (makes 20 servings)

refrigerated butter-flavored cooking spray
2 large egg whites, at room temperature
1/2 cup (114 g) plain nonfat yogurt
3 tablespoons (45 ml) canola oil
1/2 cup (136 g) unsweetened applesauce
1/3 cup (73 g) dark brown sugar, packed
2 teaspoons (10 ml) vanilla extract
2 1/2 cups (313 g) unbleached all-purpose flour
2 teaspoons (10 ml) baking powder
1/2 teaspoon (5 ml) baking soda
1/4 teaspoon (2.5 ml) salt
1 teaspoon (5 ml) ground cinnamon
1/2 teaspoon (2.5 ml) ground nutmeg
1 cup (110 g) shredded carrots
4 ounces (120 g) unsweetened crushed pineapple with juice
1/4 cup (36 g) dark raisins

1. Preheat the oven to 400°F (200°C, Gas Mark 6). Position
   the top rack in the center of the oven. Lightly coat a
   9 inch (22.5 cm) bundt pan with cooking spray. Dust with
   flour and tap out excess.

2. In a large bowl, whisk together the egg whites, yogurt,
   oil, applesauce, brown sugar, and vanilla. On a piece
   of waxed paper, sift together the flour, baking powder,
   baking soda, salt (if using), cinnamon, and nutmeg.
   Gradually add to egg-applesauce mixture, stirring until
   incorporated.

3. Stir in the carrots. Drain and reserve the juice from
   the pineapple. Stir the drained pineapple and raisins
   into the cake batter.

4. Spoon the batter into the prepared pan, smoothing the
   top with the back of a spoon. Bake for 40 to 45 minutes,
   until a tester inserted in the center comes out clean.

5. Cool in the pan on a rack for 10 minutes. Slide a thin
   knife around the edges and center of the cake to loosen
   it from the pan. Invert onto a rack to cool.

6. When ready to serve, transfer cake to a serving platter.

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                         (0.2 g saturated fat), 19 g
                         carbohydrate, 1 g dietary fiber,
                         123 mg sodium

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