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Diabetic Digest - Wednesday, July 18, 2007
News, updates and help from and for the diabetic community.


I have two and a half months to prepare for my complete 
physical. It's been quite a while since my last one. My 
doctor suggested it to me during my last visit. 

I'm a bit conflicted though. I'm not sure if I should start 
eating super healthy and exercising like crazy to help 
better the findings of the physical or should I just keep 
doing what I'm doing so the findings will be more acurrate. 

Maybe I'll find a happy medium. 


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  Trimming the Waist May Trim Diabetes, Heart Risks

NEW YORK (Reuters Health) - People who manage to reduce 
their waistlines may also lower their risk for diabetes 
and heart disease, a study suggests. 

French researchers found that men and women whose waist-
lines expanded by 3 inches or more over nine years were 
at increased risk of developing metabolic syndrome -- a 
collection of risk factors, including high blood pressure 
and unhealthy cholesterol levels, that raise a person's 
odds of diabetes and heart disease. 

In contrast, women who shed just an inch or more from 
their midsections had a lower risk of developing metabolic 
syndrome than women whose waistlines stayed the same. 

What's more, a slimmed-down middle benefited women who 
already had metabolic syndrome at the study's outset, the 
researchers report in the journal Diabetes Care. Compared 
with women who had metabolic syndrome and an unchanged 
waistline, those who lost an inch or more were nearly four 
times more likely to no longer have the syndrome at the 
study's close. 

Weight loss also benefited men, but the specific effects 
of a trimmer waist were no longer evident when the 
researchers factored in changes in body mass index (BMI), 
a measure of weight in relation to height. 

Both BMI and waist size are important in the risks of 
metabolic syndrome, diabetes and heart disease, said 
Dr. Beverley Balkau, a researcher at the French national 
health institute INSERM and the study's lead author. 

However, she told Reuters Health, people can be normal 
weight based on BMI yet have a large waist, and these 
individuals are at risk of metabolic syndrome. 

While an expanding waistline may mean ballooning health 
risks, it is at least a health indicator that people can 
easily track, Balkau noted. Waistbands that feel tighter 
than they used to are the giveaway. 

SOURCE: Diabetes Care, July 2007. 

Copyright 2006 Reuters Limited. All rights reserved. 


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        New drug may soon help type 2 diabetics

NEW ORLEANS - A U.S. study suggests people with type 2 
diabetes might soon be able to control both their glucose 
and cholesterol levels with a single drug. 

Researchers led by Professor Vivian Fonseca at Tulane 
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                    Easy Sticky Buns

        (Recipe courtesy of Butter Buds ~ 10 Servings)

1 packet Butter Buds Mix, dry
1/4 cup hot water
3 tablespoons packed light brown sugar
1/2 teaspoon ground cinnamon
1 1/2 tablespoons chopped walnuts
1 package (7.5 ounces) refrigerated biscuits

1. Preheat oven to 375°F. Spray an 8-inch round baking pan 
   with nonstick cooking spray.

2. In a small bowl, combine the Butter Buds, water, brown 
   sugar, and cinnamon. Pour into the prepared pan. 
   Sprinkle with nuts. Arrange the biscuits in a single 
   layer on top of the nuts. 

3. Bake 15 to 20 minutes or until well browned. Immediately 
   invert onto a serving plate. 

Per serving: 80 calories, 1 g protein, 2 g total fat 
(<1 g saturated fat), 16 g carbohydrate, 0 cholesterol, 
240 mg sodium 

Exchanges: 1 carbohydrate (1 bread/starch)

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