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Diabetic Digest - Wednesday, August 30, 2006
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News, updates and help from and for the diabetic community.
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Readers:

Last time I told you that I was off to see my doctor for
my usual three month check up. Well, the doctor's office 
called me and told me that he was called away on an 
family emergency and they asked if I could reschedule. 
"No problem," I said. So now I'm going to see him on the 
13th of September. 

I've been seeing this particular doctor for over ten 
years now. It's important to have a doctor that you trust 
and that takes the time to listen and work with you to 
keep you safe and healthy. Some doctors don't look at you 
as a person. They see you as your diagnosis and that's 
what they treat. You really want someone who wants to help 
you take control the situation and want to better it. 

My doctor always informs me about new diabetic supplies, 
studies and treatments. He helps me take better care of 
myself. Because after all you have to take care of your-
self. 

So I'll let you know how it goes next month. Until then... 

Regards,
Steve

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Cardiovascular Risk Models Inaccurate for People with 
Type 1 Diabetes 

NEW YORK (Reuters Health) - Cardiovascular risk prediction 
models are available for the general population and for 
those with type 2 diabetes. However, researchers report 
in the August issue of Diabetes Care, these models are 
poor predictors of cardiovascular risk in type 1 diabetics. 

As lead investigator Dr. Janice C. Zgibor told Reuters 
Health, "if health care providers use existing prediction 
tools to determine the risk of patients with type 1 
diabetes for a coronary heart disease event, they are 
likely underestimating their risk." 

Dr. Zgibor and colleagues at the University of Pittsburgh, 
Pennsylvania examined 10-year follow-up data on 658 
subjects with childhood onset type 1 diabetes taking part 
in a prospective study of diabetes complications. 

Dr. Zgibor's group compared these findings with those 
generated by a risk model for the general population 
from the US Framingham Heart Study, and for type 2 
diabetics using the UK Prospective Diabetes Study Risk 
Engine. 

The team found that both models were poor predictors of 
the risk of a coronary heart disease event and "expected 
probabilities differed significantly for both hard and 
total coronary heart disease outcomes." In particular, 
both models underestimated the probability of events in 
those at highest risk. 

The use of these risk models, concluded Dr. Zgibor, "may 
result in undertreatment for risk factors like high blood 
pressure or high cholesterol, both of which have been 
shown to be problematic in those with type 1 diabetes." 

Diabetes Care 2006;29:1860-1865.

2006

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                     (makes 2 servings)

1/2 cup (56 g) peeled, chopped fresh peaches 
1 ripe banana, peeled and cut into chunks 
1/2 cup (120 ml) unsweetened pineapple juice 
1/4 cup (35 g) fat-free, no sugar added vanilla ice cream 

1. In a food processor or blender, combine all ingredients. 
   Blend until smooth. 

2. Pour into 2 tall glasses and serve. 

Per Serving: 128 calories (2% calories from fat), 
             2 g protein, trace total fat (0.1 g 
             saturated fat), 32 g carbohydrate, 
             2 g dietary fiber, 0 cholesterol, 
             18 mg sodium

Diabetic Exchanges: 2 carbohydrate (2 fruit)

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